Kalibaru Port to be inaugurated in July

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Kalibaru New Priok Port in North Jakarta will be inaugurated on July 27, 2016, according to Head of the Tanjung Priok Seaport Authority Bay M. Hasani.

"The inauguration has been scheduled on July 27," Bay noted here on Monday.

He stated that the plan to start the operations of the New Priok Port had been put on hold in the past due to pending work related to its integration with the customs, quarantine, and terminal offices.

"We are still giving finishing touches to the work. It should not only be viewed from the aspect of physical development as it needs to be integrated with the customs, quarantine, and terminal offices," he remarked.

Matters relating to customs work need to be completed as otherwise foreign ships would be barred entry.

However, Bay explained that in case of urgency, there was a possibility for a foreign ship being allowed entry.

"There are still requirements that the operator has to meet, one of which is to complete the preparations for a customs office. Foreign ships cannot enter the port if the customs service is not yet available, though in case of urgency, entry could be allowed" he affirmed.

The construction of the new Kalibaru port utilized an investment of US$2.5 billion, or Rp29.2 trillion.

State-owned port operator PT Pelindo II had secured a loan of $1.2 billion, or Rp14 trillion, to finance the development of the New Priok Port, which is built in the Kalibaru area in North Jakarta.

In 2014, PT Pelindo II had cooperated with Japanese firm Mitsui & Col Ltd for the development of the New Priok Port. The first phase of the construction of the new port comprised three container terminals, two of which have the capacity to accommodate 1.5 million twenty foot equivalent units of containers.(*)