Ministry of Transportation has scheduled the initial operation of Patimban Port in Subang West Java in September in which the car terminal will be the first part of the port to be operational, a high rank executive from Ministry of Transportation has said.
As reported earlier this strategic project is targeted to ease logistics in West Java. The port is located about 70 kilometers from the Karawang industrial estate in West Java, where many Japanese companies have built factories.
The operation of the car terminal is awaiting the completion of a connecting bridge that will be the main access that links the terminal with the backup area.
“The bridge will connect the car terminal and the port (in the sea). It will be 1 kilometer long and as the operation of the car terminal is scheduled for September, the connecting bridge must be completed long before, hopefully in April or June,” Sea Transportation Director General, R. Agus H. Purnomo told reporters yesterday (Monday, February 17).
The ministry has just signed the third package of the contract for development of the port, which will be the base for the construction of the connecting bridge, with a contract value of Rp 524.1 billion (US$38.2 million). State-owned construction companies Wijaya Karya and PP will build the bridge.
Patimban seaport is one of the government’s national strategic projects, funded by an official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japanese government amounting Rp 14.2 trillion for the first development phase.
Phase I of the development includes construction of the terminal, the breakwater, seawall, revetment, backup area, road access and connecting bridge.
The ministry reported that the vehicle and container terminals were 58 percent complete as of Jan. 26. The breakwater, seawall and revetment were 25 percent complete as of Feb. 11.
In the first development phase, Patimban port is planned to serve 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and accommodate 600,000 complete built-up (CBU) vehicles. Meanwhile, in the second phase, Patimban’s capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and it is expected to reach its final capacity of 7.5 million TEUs in phase 3.
Patimban port is expected to be Indonesia’s primary export port. It is also expected to solve the overcapacity of Tanjung Priok Port and traffic congestion in Jakarta from the transport of cargo.