Gov’t Works on Patimban Port Macro Development
Date 23 September 2020
Macro development of Patimban Port in Subang, West Java has been started, according to Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.
“On phase 1-1, we build a container terminal on a 35 hectares of land which is expected to accommodate 250,000 TEUs, and a 25-hectares vehicles terminal to export 218,000 vehicles,” Budi told reporters after a Limited Meeting on Tuesday (22/9).
The phase 1-2, he added, namely the expansion of the area on phase 1-1, will commence next year and is expected to complete in 2023. The works cover development of 66 hectares of container terminal, and to increase capacity of vehicle terminal to 382,000 vehicles.
“Currently, we are constructing terminal for roll-on/roll off (ro-ro) vessels stretching 200 meters. For the record, construction of phase 1-1 uses Rp14 trillion of budget which is sourced from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s loan, while phase 1-2 uses Rp9.5 trillion of JICA’s loan,” he explained.
The Minister went on to say that the capacity of container terminal will be increased to 5.5 million TEUs in phase 2. The second phase will be financed through Public Private Partnership (Kerja Sama Pemerintah dengan Badan Usaha/KPBU), meaning there will be a tender process to choose private company for this project. Phase 2 will increase the capacity of container terminal to 7 million TEUs.
“Seven million TEUs is equal to the capacity of Priok Port. We have an opportunity to add the capacity so it will be 14 million TEUs,” he said adding that Patimban Port is expected to compete with Singapore port that handles almost 30 million TEUs.
The construction process, he added, covers reclamation on the first stage and breakwater construction on the second stage which has 80 percent completed.
“The other work that is underway is the construction of road access which connects the Port with existing roads at the eastern areas, and the new roads at the western areas,” the Minister stated.
On that occasion, he also explained that the Governor, Regent, and contractor have disseminated the importance of health protocols to the workers during the project.
There are several problems in the project, including Land and Building Tax (PBB) issue and extreme weather. The Minister affirmed that issue regarding PBB has been resolved through coordination with the contractor. However, the construction of breakwater is hindered due to extreme weather in September. He expected the problem can be resolved through collaboration between Indonesia’s private sectors and Japanese private sector.
Furthermore, the project will try to absorb local workers, particularly those from Subang and surrounding areas in order to make it easier to control the mobility of the workers and conduct their health check.
“Therefore, we instructed contactors and operators to protect all workers with health protocols. In addition, we will indeed anticipate this harsh weather with technologies,” he concluded. (FID/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Lulu Wuliarti