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Indonesian seaport operators team up to boost efficiency

07-25-2012 13:11 BJT

JAKARTA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia' state-run port operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo), planned to set up a jointly- operated container terminal company to boost business and improve efficiency at the country's seaports, local media reported Wednesday.

The seaport operators that will be affected are Pelindo I, Pelindo II, Pelindo III and Pelindo IV.

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said Tuesday that the four state companies had agreed to set up a container terminal facility called Peti Kemas Indonesia (PKI). "The establishment of the company is almost complete," Dahlan was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying.

The establishment of PKI is meant to boost coordination and cooperation among seaport operators in handling cargo shipment in the country's main seaports.

Pelindo II handles the operation of 12 ports, including Teluk Bayur in Padang, West Sumatra; Jambi in Jambi; Palembang in South Sumatra; Banten in Banten province; and Tanjung Priok and Sunda Kelapa in North Jakarta. It also operates Cirebon seaport in West Java.

Pelindo I handles several large ports in the northern part of Sumatra, including Belawan in Medan, North Sumatra. Belawan is known as one of Indonesia's main commodity ports.

Dahlan said the container terminal company was expected to supervise the operations of all shipping and other related activities in all of the country's seaports. "All of the container terminal activities and operations will be supervised by Peti Kemas,"he said, adding the supervision by one single entity would improve efficiency.

According to Dahlan, the container terminal activities in other ports such as in Medan, Batam, Surabaya, Makassar and Sorong, West Papua would be better supervised and monitored which in turn would increase overall efficiency.

Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta is the busiest port in the archipelago, handling almost 50 percent of the country's total export and import activities.

It is also operating at its maximum capacity. Pelindo II plans to spend 52.6 trillion rupiah (about 5.6 billion U.S. dollars) in the next two years to build three new seaports in the country in a move to help reduce logistics costs and container congestion.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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