Samarinda (ANTARA News) - Four seaports in Indonesia will operate 24 hours a day as of February 2010, the Director General of Sea Transportation, Sunaryo, said here on Monday.
The four seaports are Belawan in Medan, North Sumatra, Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, East Java and Soekarno-Hatta in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
"The 24-hour service includes ship escorting service and readiness of the port administration to serve docking ships at any time," he said.
A 24-hour service program will also be carried out in several first class ports in the country besides the four seaports but the program would be implemented in stages because the priority was still the four seaports, he said.
He said actually all ports must be able to give a 24 hour service although it would also depend upon activities at the port concerned and also readiness of its management for it.
Regarding Christmas and New Year holidays Sunaryo said his office did not make special preparations for them.
"Christmas, New Year and Eid al-Fitr are all routine activities so that no special preparations are made. However the number of personnel at the ports will be increased to meet an increasing number of passengers during the holidays," he said.
He said the hike of passengers on Christmas and New Year holidays would not be very significant compared to the Moslem Eid al-Fitr holiday.
He predicted the hike would only be 10 percent. "This is the highest forecast because it will rise probably just around eight percent from ordinary days," he said.(*)