Kuala Tanjung Port Services First Export of Container

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The country’ port operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) is in an effort to continuously improve service productivity. One strategy is by utilizing equipment innovation and extending dock facilities to increase productivity more effectively and efficiently.

On Dec. 27, the company has carried out the first operation at Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) in the form of an initial shipment of exports of 180 boxes or 205 TEUs via intra-Asia direct calls.

Export commodities originating from PT Unilever Oleo-chemical Indonesia, PT Bakrie Sumatra Plantations Tbk (IDX: UNSP), and Procter & Gamble were transported using the Wan Hai Lines Ship of 268 meters long, weighing 50,000 GT with a capacity of 4,500 TEUs. This ship serves India’s direct intra-Asian direct call route to China.

According to Bambang Eka Cahyana, CEO of Pelindo I, the first export activity via intra-Asia direct call services will be able to improve the efficiency of delivery time and logistics costs so as to increase the competitiveness of national export products.

He says, this activity showed the readiness of the the facilities and infrastructures to immediately be able to operate fully. At present, KTMT has been equipped with complete and modern port facilities supported by an integrated information-technology system.

KTMT, with a capacity of 600 thousand TEU’s, is also equipped with a 500×60 m dock, trestle of 2.8 km for four lanes of 18.5 m wide trucks and equipped with 4 line x 8 inch pipe racks.

KTMT, managed by PT Prima Multi Terminal, a joint venture between Pelindo I, PT PP Tbk (IDX: PTPP), and PT Waskita Karya Tbk (IDX: WSKT), is expected to serve export of up to 600 containers each week.

It is known, there are already a number of companies located in Sei Mangkei special economic zones, including PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (IDX: UNVR), Wilmar Group, and P&G, which have committed to export to China, India and countries in Asia through the Kuala Tanjung Port. Commodity delivery through port offers integration between sea transportation and rail-based transportation so that it will increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

“We hope that the operation of the port will be able to encourage regional economic development, especially the economic potential of North Sumatra,” he concluded.

Previously, KMKT had received the inaugural visit of the MV Superstar Libra cruise ship in April 2018. The first visit of this cruise ship was projected as international relations in the western region of Indonesia.

On the other hand, it is expected that the operation of the Kuala Tanjung Port to increase foreign tourist visits to visit various interesting tourist attractions in North Sumatra, especially Lake Toba.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com