Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port, Indonesia, recently signs an agreement with Port of Rotterdam Authority and Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group, to develop its capacity.
“This cooperation is one of the steps we take to increase Kuala Tanjung’s capability in competing with other major ports along the Malacca Straits,” said Dian Rachmawan, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I, (Persero).
“We are also aiming to accelerate the development of Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate through this signing.”
The scope of the agreement covers the development of Kuala Tanjung International Hub Port and Industrial Estate to become a world class Port and Industrial Area.
This development includes optimization of Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal by direct shipping from Kuala Tanjung to Ningbo and vice versa through network owned by Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group.
It will also includes joint workshops to develop new business plans and commercial terms by including Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal as part of the whole project.
“With the experience owned by the largest ports in Europe and Asia in collaboration with PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Persero), it is expected to be able to push the Port of Kuala Tanjung to become a world-class port and to encourage regional and even national economic growth,” said Dian.
Kuala Tanjung’s economic potential, among others is to generate social eceonomic benefit worth up to US$ 30 billion and open 90,000 jobs.
The first phase is establishing a multipurpose terminal, and this was completed in 2018.
There is a 500 X 60 meter jetty, a 2.8 km trestle for four track lanes as wide as 18.5 meter, and it is equipped with 4 line x 8 inches pipes rack.
It is classified as a deep sea port with 16 to 17 m LWS (low water spring) depth.
This depth allows mother vessel ship to berth and this ability is important as the port is located in Malacca Straits, one of the busiest shipping lane in the world.
The second phase is the development of a 3,400 hectare industrial estate, while the third and fourth phase will be hub port and urban area development.
The Indonesian government has listed the port as one of its National Strategic Program.
The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Transportation office in Jakarta, on 14 November 2019.
Port of Rotterdam Authority operates the biggest port in Europe, while Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group operates world’s biggest cargo terminal in Ningbo.