Synergy of Patimban and Tanjung Priok Ports Increases National Logistics Costs Efficiency
The existence of Patimban Port that is synergized with Tanjung Priok Port aims to reduce national logistics costs, to save time and to increase logistics costs efficiency for export activities for example export of automotive products, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has said.
According to the Minister, the accessibility of Patimban Port in Subang West Java, which located between Jakarta-Cirebon, can be reached through toll road, the northern coastal highway (Pantura), and
“The Patimban Port is located in a strategic area. In addition, the Tanjung Priok Port will also be developed and we hope the two ports will complement each other,” the Minister said in a virtual public discussion under the theme ‘The Patimban Port and National Logistics Performance,’ Friday (27/11).
Budi went on to say that the Patimban Port can provide up to 200 thousand job opportunities for people living around the port.
In the meantime, Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan said that in the face of ASEAN Connectivity 2025 the Patimban Port is expected to collaborate with the Tanjung Priok Port to cut travel time from the West Java Industrial Estate to Tanjung Priok Port to only 1-2 hours.
Luhut further said that the main objective of the Patimban Port development is to reduce traffic at the Tanjung Priok Port which accommodates 52 percent of international container traffic in Indonesia. Moreover, since the Patimban Port, is connected to the toll road, it can raise the potential for the development of 10 priority industrial areas along the Northern Java Corridor.
“Through a more effective and efficient distribution process, the Patimban Port can lower national logistics costs, especially in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Banten, and Central Java areas. In the initial stage, the main commodity of the Patimban Port operation will be the automotive industry. The role of the port is expected to strengthen economic resilience, especially in supporting trading activities in the manufacturing sector,” he said.
On that occasion, Luhut said that the Patimban Port can also bring social and economic benefits, such as supporting export and import capacity of 16.5 million TEUs / year in 2025, getting an investment amounting to Rp35 trillion from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as providing 4.3 million job opportunities in 10 years.
“The Patimban Port will start operation with a soft launching for the car terminal at the end of this year. Thus, we need to work hard and synergize with relevant ministries/agencies as well as business entities and investors,” he added.
Meanwhile, Director General of Customs and Excise of Ministry of Finance Heru Pambudi said that the Ministry is ready to make Patimban Port as a new economic center. His team is committed to providing technical support for the implementation of customs services at the Port by preparing special customs services and facilities.
“The design of Patimban Port is in line with the National Logistic Ecosystem (NLE) program, so that all aspects such as spatial planning have been collaborated with Ministry of Transportation and other relevant agencies,” Heru said.
On that occasion, Minister of Transportation also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of West Java Provincial Government for its initiative to build 13 new cities in Cirebon, Patimban, and Majalengka (Rebana) Metropolitan areas, as well as the plan to build a Maritime Polytechnic school, which is located near to the main pool of Patimban Port.
For the record, in a bid to fill the need for human resources in shipping industry, the Transportation Ministry’s Human Resources Development and Education Department (BPSDM) has established 12 maritime schools throughout Indonesia to produce 3,000 qualified seafarers and port officers every year. (PR of Ministry of Transportation/UN) (RIF/MMB)