Hamdan Godang, Chairman of West Kalimantan APBMI
Port related business stakeholders at West Kalimantan appreciate any programs relating port improvement and development taken by PT Pelindo II/IPC within the province, but calls for comprehensive strategies and involvement of any stakeholders of local government and the existing port-related business stakeholders.
Such comprehensive strategies and intensive participation of relating stakeholders are needed in view of the complexity of the challenges faced by the province in logistics and cargo delivery business.
Some contacted sources, though mostly send appreciation, but noted some issues that should get high concern. First, to prevent any potential social conflict, IPC is expected to involve any parties, including the existing stevedores and dockers. Second, access roads to the port should be improved, and third high concern should be addressed to build the industries for feeding the big vessels expected to come to Kijing.
They affirmed West Kalimantan needs a new port/terminal to overcome the problems the existing port of Dwikora cannot handle it.
West Kalimantan has long been served by river ports/terminals as the main points for cargo loading/unloading while rivers have played key role as ways of transportation. It is true, land transportation has also shown key role, but not maximum yet, due to poor road construction. The roads construction is not accommodating the full load containers (over 30 tons). Local regulations also limit trucks to pass certain roads.
But the main existing port, the Dwikora Port (Pontianak), is also another problem. It has been overcapacity, while its waterway access which needs regular dredging due to river sedimentation is additional problem to get maximum performance.
However, it cannot be said that the new terminal or port (Kijing) will automatically overcome the problems. “The problem of West Kalimantan is so complex. IPC is expected to anticipate it, not only the existing ones but also any potential ones that will come as the effect of the new terminal,” Hamdan Godang, Chairman of West Kalimantan APBMI (Indonesia Stevedoring Companies Association), revealed in a discussion with Indonesia Shipping Gazette.
Hamdan gives an example of management of dockers (TKBM). “We are still facing a problem of dockers at the existing port (Dwikora). We wonder, the new terminal will face similar problem if there is no immediate solution,” he said.
Hamdan, who is also Branch Manager of Tanto Shipping Line, expects IPC to set up new scheme on this issue.
Hamdan also calls for involvement of any parties, including the provincial government, in anticipating any problems that the new terminal may face after operation. “It is true. Coordination with provincial government is absolutely needed especially on how to improve the access to the port,” he said.
As reported earlier, IPC is now accelerating the completion of Kijing Terminal in a bid to meet the operation target by July next year (Mid 2020).
Until early July this year, the completion of phase 1 (1,000×100m berth at sea side, a 3.5km trestle, and yard at the land side) has reached 20%.
IPC has also built coordination with provincial government and the governor of the province has greened light to support this project through improvement of access roads and provide investors with easy business process.
“It is good news that IPC has built coordination with provincial government. We hoped the provincial government can do more to overcome any problems especially in improving access from the port to the industries center,” commends Hamdan, calling IPC to tighten coordination with other port business stakeholders.
“Key words for this new terminal are build cooperation and set up comprehensive strategy,” Hamdan said.