Tight Control over Operation and Further Development of Patimban Is Needed: IMLOW

As one of National Strategic Projects, Patimban Port, that has been just softly launched late last year (December 2020), is expected to become a national and international logistics service facility, able to boost national economic growth and streamline logistics services.

A number of stakeholders and business players have sent their appreciation but called for tight control over its further development and operation.

Achmad Ridwan Tentowi, a business practitioner and observer from Indonesia Maritime Transportation and Logistic Watch (IMLOW), appreciated the government’s efforts, the effort of Ministry of Transportation on accelerating the completion of this port development, but called for a tight control over its further development and operation.

“We have to appreciate this new port. It can be an alternative choice for doing business. But it needs a tight control and monitor over its operation and further development. We don’t want it getting failure in reaching its target. We don’t expect it to be idle nor changes of its designation in the future,” Ridwan, who is also the General Secretary of IMLOW, told Indonesia Shipping Gazette, this morning (Thursday, January 7, 2020).

The story of Tanjung Priok Port Master Plan in the past can become a lesson learned, he noted. “We don’t want the master plan will change in the future, whoever the officials will be. Hence, we have to tightly watch, monitor, and control it,” Ridwan said.

He said, to be able to achieve market share, port operators, including those at Patimban Port, should be able to provide the best service and do innovation. “They have to prioritize digital-based services to be more efficient and effective for their customers.”

The efficiency of logistics services as a whole will also have an impact on lowering the prices of goods which will have an impact on boosting purchasing power and boosting economic growth. “In principle, if the service of a port is more efficient, it will automatically achieve a better market share,” said Ridwan.

On Thursday (7/1/2020), the Ministry of Transportation held a Public Expose for the Patimban Port, which is one of the Government’s National Strategic Projects (PSN) to boost Indonesia’s economic growth.

Through this public expose titled Modern Face of Indonesia’s Port, the Ministry of Transportation and some related stakeholders conveyed the profile, superiority and attractiveness of Patimban Port to business actors.

Some business players joint this public expose, both directly and virtually. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi hopes to provide understanding and convince stakeholders about Patimban Port and Patimban Port readiness to provide services both national and international logistics.

“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.

Fully Completed in 2027 

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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