Patimban, A Strategic Infrastructure for Logistics Services: ALFI

Following its soft launching late last year (December 2020), Government continues to introduce the Patimban Port to the business stakeholders. The Ministry of Transportation has just conducted Public Expose on Thursday, January 7, explaining to the business stakeholders Patimban is one of the national strategic infrastructures.

Further, through this public expose, the government also declared that Patimban would become Indonesia’s modern port and expected to be competitive in the global trade, thus boosting the national economy growth. 

Some business players of exporters and importers, forwarders, and other related transportation business stakeholders have expressed their appreciation with this new port concept and target. They expect this port will help their business to be more efficient and competitive.

Chairman of Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders’ Association (ALFI) Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi, expressed his appreciation for the current government’s commitment and seriousness in preparing strategic infrastructure for logistics services in Indonesia, including the Patimban port.

“To achieve efficiency in logistics services, we need capable infrastructure, including modern ports and digitalization-based services for service users,” said Yukki in a press statement on Friday, January 8, 2020.

Yukki had also explicitly expressed how business players, especially logistics companies and forwarders, expected Patimban to make their business more competitive and efficient, at the event of Patimban Port Public Expose on Thursday, January 7.

The public expose involved some other speakers from other institutions including West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Director General of Sea Transportation R. Agus H. Purnomo, Director General of Metal, Machinery, Equipment Industry Transportation and Electronics at the Ministry of Industry Taufik Bawazier, and Director General of Customs & Excise, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, Heru Pambudi.

Yukki said, Patimban will become a world class port and will be the first Indonesia’s port to integrate all supply chains.

Further, Patimban is expected to be part of logistics and transportation services in Indonesia that can provide social and economic benefits for the community in general, and provide a multiplier effect.

“Its location which is closer to the industrial centres West Java will benefit the logistics activities. It will help to create a more efficient logistics costs for industry players,” Yukki, who is also Chairman of the ASEAN Federation of Forwarders’ Association (AFFA), said further. 

He said that Patimban can support the growth of logistics activities and the national economy and the port is expected to become the first integrated supply chain port service in Indonesia, not only from the port side but from the operator.

“The operation of Patimban is a very good news to overcome the problem of congestion and heavy traffic of the capital city of Jakarta. The congestion and heavy traffic have long been an acute bottleneck for the transportation and logistics business to and from the port of Tanjung Priok,” he said.

Strategic Infrastructure

On his remark speech for the Public Expose, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi underlined that Patimban Port remained  one of the Government’s National Strategic Projects (PSN) to boost Indonesia’s economic growth.

“President Joko Widodo has mandated us to prepare Patimban Port as a strategic infrastructure to facilitate national and international economic interactions of export / import and inter-island trade, to face the era of 2045,” Budi Karya said.

Budi Karya explained that Patimban Port will later be able to accommodate 7.5 million TEUs / year, while its car terminal is expected to handle 600,000 units of CBU (Completely Built Up) per year. With its basin and channel depth of -10m LWS, Patimban is expected to be able to be accessed by vessels of up to 35,000 DWT.

“Patimban Port will be built until 2027 and is expected to be fully completed in the year. We will try to speed up its completion because of its extraordinary potential. This port will make Indonesia’s economy and trade activity to be more competitive in the world,” he said.

Further, he said, to create a premium port, it requires connectivity that is well connected to international industrial and trade activities. In addition, it should be supported by the aspects of speed, access, modern equipment, and friendliness with fully automated services based on technology and digitization.

“Patimban port is designed through the concept of sustainable, green, smart and integrated international port. If we can synergize with Tanjung Priok properly, then Patimban is expected to become a port that connects the world or the World Connecting Port, “said Budi Karya.

The construction of Patimban Port is being conducted in three stages. Currently, construction of phase 1 of the first phase has been completed, while phase 2 of the first stage will be conducted during the 2021-2024 period.

The phase 1 construction work as a whole comprises construction of a terminal area, breakwater, seawall, revetment, backup area, access road, and a bridge connecting a 25-hectare (ha) vehicle terminal, with a cumulative capacity of 218 thousand CBU, container terminal, and packaging area of 35 ha, with a cumulative capacity of 250 thousand TEUs.

The phase 2 construction work for the 2021-2024 period will include a container terminal spanning an area of 66 ha, with a cumulative capacity of 3.75 million TEUs, vehicle terminal, with a cumulative capacity of 600 thousand CBU, and a roro terminal covering an area of 200 square meters.

The second stage will be conducted during the 2024-2025 period for construction of a container terminal, with a cumulative capacity of 5.5 million TEUs.

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