The National Strategic Program in North Sumatera Province, Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate (Kuala Tanjung) is set to become Indonesia’s biggest and most strategic port in the western part of the archipelago. To complete this mission, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo 1), owner of Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate, signed a Head of Agreement (HoA) with Port of Rotterdam Authority and Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd.
Port of Rotterdam Authority operates the biggest port in Europe, Port of Rotterdam. While Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd. operates world’s biggest cargo terminal in Ningbo.
“This cooperation is one of the steps we take to increase Kuala Tanjung capability in competing with other major ports along the Malacca Srait,” said Dian Rachmawan, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Persero).
“We are also aiming to accelerate the development of Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate through this signing,” Dian added.
The signing of the HoA was carried out by Dian Rachmawan, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I, André G.F. Toet Director of PT Pelabuhan Rotterdam Indonesia representing the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Gong Liming, Director of Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd.
The HoA signing ceremony was also witnessed by Agus H. Purnomo, Director-General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation who represented Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, and Wahyu Utomo, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Transportation office in Jakarta, on Thursday, 14 November 2019.
The scope of the HoA covers the development of Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate to become a world class Port and Industrial Area. This development includes optimization of Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal by direct shipping from Kuala Tanjung to Ningbo and vice versa through network owned by Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd., and joint workshops to develop new Business Plans and Commercial Terms by including Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal as part of the whole project.
Kuala Tanjung’s economic potential, among others is to generate social eceonomic benefit worth up to US$ 30 billion and open 90,000 jobs.
The first phase of Kuala Tanjung Port is establishing a multipurpose terminal, this was completed in 2018. At its current phase of development Kuala Tanjung is being operated, it has 500 X 60 meter jetty and a 2,8 Km trestle for four track lanes as wide as 18,5 meter, it’s equipped with 4 line x 8 inches pipes rack . Kuala Tanjung classifies as a deep sea port with -16 m to -17 Meter LWS depth. This depth allows mother vesssel ship to berth at Kuala Tanjung. Ability to serve mother vessel ships is very important as the port is located in Malacca Strait, one of the busiest shipping lane in the world.
The second phase is the development of a 3,400 hectare industrial estate, while the third and fourth phase will be hub port and urban area development.