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Investor Daily : Pelabuhan Patimban Beroperasi Medio 2020
24 June 2019
Subang – Transportation Ministry Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed the Patimban Port construction project in Subang, West Java was running according to the plan. The Transportation Ministry targets the Patimban Port to begin operation by mid-2020.
“What we plan is that in around April, mid-next year, the car terminal will begin its initial operation. Hence I will organise coordination so that it can be completed. Later at the end of 2020, everything will be finished,” said Transportation Ministry Budi in his statement, Sunday (23/6).
Budi said with the operation [of this port] by mid-2020, his agency hoped that the construction of road access from and to the port could be completed. According to the Transportation Ministry, currently the construction progress of Patimban Port has reached 29%. While for the car terminal which is predicted to kick off operation by mid next year, its progress has reached 35%.
For information, the car terminal at the Patimban Port is expected to reduce traffic congestion especially for export and import of vehicles at the Tanjung Priok Port. All this time, heavy vehicles including the transports used for exporting and importing vehicles contribute to the traffic congestion especially on the segment between Bekasi-Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. Car terminal of Patimban Port will later have a capacity to accommodate 250 thousand to 300 thousand vehicles per year.
On the same occasion, Director General of Sea Transport, R. Agus H. Purnomo said the construction of the Patimban Port was aimed at reducing logistics costs by closing the distance between the production centre and the port, improving economic resilience, reducing the traffic congestion rate in Jakarta with traffic flow division, as well as ensuring safety during shipping and in the oil and gas exploration area.
The construction itself is conducted in 3 stages. In the first stage, Patimban Port is planned to be able to serve 3.5 million containers (TEUs) and 600.000 motor vehicles (CBU). In the second stage, the service capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and in the third stage it will increase again to 7.5 million TEUs.
Generally, Patimban Port will handle containers and motor vehicles transported using large ships.
“Later, Patimban Port will also be supported by a backup area as big as 356 hectares (ha) to support logistics efficiency from and to Patimban Port,” said Agus.
Apart from the work conducted by the Transportation Ministry, ongoing is the construction of road access by the Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR) Ministry. The government hopes the operation of Patimban Port can make the export costs for Indonesian products to foreign countries more efficient, including automotive products.