President Jokowi Soft Launches Patimban Port
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Sunday (20/12) has soft launched and inaugurated the operation of Patimban International Port, virtually from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Sunday (20/12).
On that occasion, 140 units of car were shipped to Brunei Darussalam for export.
The newly-inaugurated port is the result of its first development phase which can serve 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and accommodate 218,000 completely built-up (CBU) vehicles.
“The capacity will increase to 600,000 vehicles which will increase our exports on automotive products to global market,” the President said.
In the meantime, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said that the development of the port is one of the National Strategic Projects.
“The first development project covers construction of terminal, breakwater, seawall, revetment, access, connecting bridges, and vehicle terminal,” he said.
The second phase which will take place on 2021-2024 will cover the development of 66 hectares of land and increase the capacity of vehicle to 600,000 CBU vehicle. On the next phase in 2024-2025, container terminal will be built to accommodate 5.5 million TEUs. On the final phase in 2026-2027, capacity of container terminal will be increased to 7.5 million TEUs.
“In the near future, Patimban Port will be connected with Tanjung Priok Port to enhance efficiency and cut national logistic cost,” he said adding that the port will also be connected with toll roads and railways.
He expressed hope that the port can support the development of 10 priority industrial areas in north coast of Java Island. Thus, it will improve the economy and bring significant impact to the public.
In addition, various activities will be adopted to the people living in that areas, such as training on entrepreneurship, training on people’s empowerment, vocational training for fishermen, and provision of fishing vesselsthrough cooperatives. (FID/UN) (RAS/LW)