State port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) / IPC continues to speed up the contruction of Kijing Terminal at Mempawah West Kalimantan, in a bid to meet target by July next year (Mid 2020).
The terminal as the extension of Dwikora Port (Pontianak) on one and and as another Indonesia new alternative hub on the other hand, is expected to overcome the problem of overcapacity at Dwikora Port and to trigger direct trade to international market (hub and oceangoing direct calls).
Since groundbreaking last year, as many as 6,000 pillars have been errected for trestle and berth of 1,000×100m and 200 ha area for yard. “The contruction has reached 20% and is expected to be completed according to the plan, thus starting operation by July 2020,” IPC President Director Elvyn G. Masassya said on a visit to see the construction progress on Thirsday, July 11.
The terminal phase 1 constructed by state owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya (Wika) covers the development of a 1,000×100m berth at sea side, a 3.5km trestle, and yard at the land side.
Elvyn explained that this terminal is expected to annually handle more than 1.95 milion TEUs of containerized cargo, 12.1 milion ton liquid bulk, and 15 milion ton dry bulk. The multipurpose terminal, meanwhile, is expected to handle more than 1 milion tons per annum.
“As one of a hub port (terminal), Kijing is expected to be the main gateway of export import to and from Kalimantan,” said Elvyn.
In addition to running hub service and overcoming the problem of overcapacity at the existing terminal (Dwikora terminals), Elvyn underlined that Kijing will also help to realize the government vision of national connectivity and to cut industry disparity between Java and outside Java.
“Government has initiated sea toll to cut disparity in economy in general and transportation cost in particular. This terminal is also to help cut disparity through a better connectivity,” said Elvyn.
Another advantage is that this port will help to build competitiveness of some commodities from West Kalimantan since this terminal can handle direct export. Some leading commodities potential for direct export from this terminal including CPO (crude palm oil), timber, rubber, and bauxite. West Kalimantan is one of the leading producer of bauxite in the world.
To increase the production volume of this commodities, IPC initiates land acquisition of more than 5,000 ha area for industrial center. This area is designed to be a special economy zone (SEZ/KEK) that will be integrated with Kijing Terminal.
“We expect all export commodities from West Kalimantan will be directly shipped from this terminal, without any transshipment at other ports,” he said.
Running in Paralel with Dwikora
Kijing Terminal will both handle containerized and bulk cargoes. According to its plan, its terminal phase 1 will be divided into two parts, a half is dedicated for container and a half for dry and liquid bulk.
The break bulk terminal is expected to handle the export of the commodities of CPO and bauxide while the container terminal will handle the export/import containerized cargoes and is expected to play as hub of container from Kalimantan in general. Even, this terminal is also expected to play as international hub in which some of the containers are feeded by other countries.
This is a big vision, according to Elvyn. But for a short term target, the container terminal of Kijing is expected to overcome the problem of existing terminal at Dwikora.
According to data, Dwikora yearly throughput has reached 300,000 TEUs, with growth ranging from 5 to 10%. What will happen to Dwikora Terminal if Kijing has been in operation?
“Both will run in parallel. Dwikora will run as feeder to feed Kijing and to focus on distribution of cargoes for West Kalimantan. Kijing meanwhile will focus to handle oceangoing and as a hub for Kalimantan and from other countries in Asean,” Elvyn said.
Provincial Govt Support
Provincial Government of West Kalimantan appreciates with this terminal development, expecting it to soon operate, thus helping increase export from this province and creating economic effect to the community.
“We support this terminal. Moreover, this will become the biggest and the most modern port in Kalimantan. Hence, we hope its construction to complete fast and soon be in operation,” West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji said to press after meeting with IPC Direction Board in Pontianak on Friday, July 12.
Government, said Sutarmidji, will back up through development of port access road, including development of Pontianak – Singkawang Toll Road. In addition, the provincial government will help with easy permit for any investment in this province, especially the investment for industries that will be integrated with the port.
“The toll road of 144km connecting Pontianak to Singkawang will soon be contructed. This will be a key access to Kijing port. In addition, the completion of Trans Kalimantan is also a very potential access for this terminal,” he said.
“We will also help investors who want to invest with faster service in obtaining business permit,” he said.
He also promise to help Pelindo II in case of getting difficulties in finishing this project. “What is most important is building a good coordination including with state owned companies,” he said.