N. Sumatra’s Sambas Port to be Designated as CPO Port

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 17 Maret 2019
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President Jokowi inspects Sambas Port in Sibolga, North Sumatra after the inauguration of the port's revitalization and construction on Sunday (17/3). (Photo by: Oji/PR)

President Jokowi inspects Sambas Port in Sibolga, North Sumatra after the inauguration of the port’s revitalization and construction on Sunday (17/3). (Photo by: Oji/PR)

Following the revitalization and the development of Sambas seaport in Sibolga, North Sumatra province, the Government will build a special terminal and storage facilities for crude palm oil (CPO) exports at the seaport.

“We’re going to build a new terminal and storage facilities at the seaport so we can directly export CPO,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told reporters on Sunday (17/3) after officiating revitalization and development of the seaport on Sunday (17/3).

The President added that the Government is currently assessing the construction of the special CPO terminal and the construction is estimated to take a maximum of two years.

The Sambas Port is managed by state-owned port operator PT Pelindo and covers a total area of 2,786 meter. The port is expected to accommodate 500 people from the previous capacity of 80 people. In 2016, the President laid the cornerstone to mark the port development project.

The President expressed hope that in the future, CPO exports from southern Aceh and South Tapanuli will be transported from Sibolga port as it takes a shorter time than transporting the commodity through land transportation that normally takes ten to twelve hours. The Government, he added, revitalizes and develops  the port – which is located on the western coast of the province – as it is a very strategic seaport and used for logistics transportation ports as well as for goods and services.

The Sambas port is one of the three ports in North Sumatra alongside Belawan Port in the province’s capital city Medan as well as Kuala Tanjung port in Batubara regency, both of which are located on the east coast of the province.

The new Sambas Port Passenger Terminal adopts a modern concept with an ethnic touch and is expected to be a new icon for Sibolga City as well as to promote tourism sector and boost economy in the city, in Tapanuli Tengah regency, in Nias regency and its surrounding areas. (EN/OJI/ES)

Translated by: Muhardi

Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas

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