Patimban Port to Partially Operate in 2019

Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii said the Indonesia-Japan flagship deep seaport project in Patimban, West Java, was in its final stage of preparations for the start of construction.

“We can at least partially open the port in the first quarter of 2019. So everything is proceeding. Before the end of March, at least part of it should be opened,” the ambassador said Friday at the Industry Minister.

Earlier reports said construction of the port, a strategic project expected to help ease logistics in the country, would likely start by the end of 2017.

The port is designed to have a container capacity of 1.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) once it is partially completed in 2019 and 7.5 million TEUs by 2027, about half the capacity of the country’s busiest port, Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok.

The port will be located in Subang, about 70 kilometers from the Karawang Industrial Estate in Bekasi, West Java, where many Japanese industrial firms, particularly automotive manufacturers, operate.

Land acquisition
Meanwhile, the land acquisition for the deep-sea port project in Patimban, West Java, is expected to start before the end of the year, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan has said.

He said the land was estimated to cost about Rp 700 billion (US$52.6 million). "If there is a state budget revision, we would like to propose funds for the Patimban [project] land acquisition," he said following a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Palace on last May 2017.(thejakartapost)

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