Indonesian Port’s Expansion to Double Its Current Quantity of Intermodal Shipping


North Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok port should be able to handle nearly double its current quantity of intermodal shipping containers when a Rp 17 trillion ($1.9 billion) revamp is completed by 2017, says Richard J. Lino, the president of state port operator Pelindo II.

Once the project is completed, it may further reduce the number of shipments from Jakarta that head to Singapore before going to other destinations, Richard said.

The government plans to give Pelindo II the contract to build three container terminals and two fuel depots in North Kalibaru, part of the Tanjung Priok port, after the prequalification tender process involving five private bidders was scrapped in January.

The area surrounding the new facilities will be renamed “New Priok”. The total investment in construction was estimated by Richard at between Rp 16.5 trillion and Rp 17 trillion.

Richard said on Monday that New Priok will increase Tanjung Priok’s overall container handling capacity to 11 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2017 from 5.9 million TEUs last year. The first container terminal is expected to start operating in 2014.

World Maritime News Staff, March 9, 2012