MCT Eyeing More Cargo Types to Handle, But Calling for Port Status Upgrade into International

MCT Eyeing More Cargo Types to Handle, But Calling for Port Status Upgrade into International

Port of Tegar Indonesia (PTI) or Marunda Center Terminal (MCT) is eyeing to handle more types of cargoes, but its existing status is still a problem. Hence, it expects the port (Marunda Port) status upgrade into international port.

The government of Indonesia formally registers Marunda Port as a Class IV Port, but MCT concession permits this terminal to handle export import loading unloading, except for oceangoing containerized cargoes.

Unfortunately, MCT cannot optimize it due to the absence of customs clearance service at the terminal. The status of the port (not an international port) is still a problem for customs authority to open customs clearance service within it. Until now, MCT only handle liquid bulk cargoes (piped system) from oceangoing trade.

“We target this port (terminal) to be an international status by this year or at least next year (2020),” MCT Commercial Director Aulia Febrial Fatwa said in Ship Owner & Ship Agent Gathering yesterday (March 14).

“It requires permits from several ministries and departments, including Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Trade,” he further said.

MCT President Director Ravi Menon and Operation Director Abd. Karim affirmed it, but noted that MCT continue to improve the terminal services according to international port standard. They call support from any parties, including ship owners and ship agents.

MCT is a private port business entity (BUP) running business in Marunda Port, in addition to other BUP KCN. With its draft of 9.5 meter, MCT can handle vessels up to 40,000 DWT.

“However, until now, we handle vessels of 15,000 DWT at maximum,” Febri said.

The gathering was also marked with handover of certificates of SOCPF-ISPS Code and OSCP from Directorate General of Sea Transportation, giving message that in view of safety and security, MCT has met the international standard.

Since PTI has a long term concession for 67 years since 2017, PTI will continue to develop any port facilities, but calling for guarantees from long-term contracts with shipping lines or cargo owners.

“Doing investment spends a lot of money of course. It is normal. But, what we need before doing investment is that certainty from customers to use our facilities,” he revealed.

According to Febri, a long standing contract with shipping lines will encourage them to accelerate investment in port/terminal facilities. “Let say we have 25 years contract with a shipping line. Surely, we will soon invest in facilities the shipping line needs,” he noted.

Support

Shipping lines meanwhile supports to upgrade the status of Marunda Port into international status, thus giving them more alternative in berthing their vessel calls handling export/import. Moreover, Priok Port as the main gateway of export import is going to be overload.

Head of Indonesia National Shipowners’ Association for Jakarta Chapter (INSA Jaya) Aminuddin underlined that it is the time for Marunda Port to be open for oceangoing shipping.

However, shipping lines call for more completed facilities, including warehouses and container yards.

“At this time, MCT does not have warehouses and container yard yet. As a shipping line, it is hard for us to market this terminal to shipper,” Sunarno fromTresna Muda Sejati Shipping Line said.

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