Benoa Port, Bali, a subsidiary port of state port operator PT Pelindo III, will take focus on handling cruise ships and will move its container and general cargo terminals to other location. But, there is no decision yet the location for handling the container and general cargoes.
This policy is in line with the government plan to make this port as hub for cruise liners to attract more tourists to come.
The government is intent on developing the port as a tourism gateway for cruises as well as new destinations in Bali and other maritime destinations in the country, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir said in a written statement late this week (Friday, February 14) following a coordination meeting in Bali on the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub development project.
“By holding a coordination meeting and visiting the port, related stakeholders will realize the obstacles the Pelindo III will face, and what kind of support should be provided for the project,” said Erick.
Erick said some facilities that will be developed for this port include: exhibition hall for micro, small and medium enterprises, a cultural venue, a yacht pier, and an urban forest.
To support this program, Pelindo III plans to move the 70-hectare container and cargo terminal at Benoa Port to another location.
In addition to developing Benoa Port for tourism, Pelindo III is constructing a designated venue for the Melasti ritual, a Hindu-Balinese purification ritual for cleansing and recharging the spiritual energy of sacred temple objects.