Four Harbors Proposed as International Ports
Thursday, 31 August, 2006 | 19:56 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Indonesian Maritime Council has proposed that four local harbors are turned into international hub ports.
The four harbors include: Bitung, North Sulawesi; Sorong, Papua; Sabang, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam; and Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.
According to Rizald Rompas, the General Secretary of the Indonesian Maritime Council, the proposal was made since the four harbors are considered to be qualified as international ports.
They are capable of accepting fourth generation ships with capacities of 8,000 20-feet containers.
“The four harbors have strategic locations because they are situated at the entrances of the Western and Eastern areas of Indonesia,” Rizaldi said yesterday (30/8).
For the time being, the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, the Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, and the Belawan Port in Medan are already fully occupied.
As a result, foreign ships have to queue up sometimes.
Up until recently, around 70 percent of ships have been forced to transit in Singapore.