Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Since operating in 2019, the performance of Kuala Tanjung Port which is managed by a subsidiary of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Persero) or Pelindo I has continued to increase with the increasing number of ship visits and container loading and unloading activities, liquid bulk, and general cargo.
As of September 2020, Kuala Tanjung Port carried out loading and unloading of 34,857 boxes of containers, an increase of 52.41 percent from the realization in 2019 of 22,870 boxes. In TEUs units, the realization of container loading and unloading up to September 2020 was 36,775 TEUs, up 53.63 percent from the realization in 2019 of 23,937 TEUs.
The increase in throughput was also followed by an increase in loading and unloading realization of liquid bulk up to September 2020, reaching 252,597 tons, growing more than double from the realization in 2019 of 102,200 tons.
The realization of general cargo loading and unloading until September 2020 was 54,879 tons, a significant growth from the achievement in 2019 which reached 16,970 tons.
“The Port of Kuala Tanjung has recorded a positive growth trend which indicates a good and positive response from the market. Pelindo I is supported and supports the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone (KEK), an integrated operation with the KEK Sei Mangkei which is managed by PTPN 3 through its subsidiaries, “said Pelindo I President Director Dani Rusli Utama in his statement, Friday (9/10/2020).
Dani added that increasing connectivity between ports, trains and toll roads will be a motor to strengthen the operational progress of Kuala Tanjung Port. For this reason, Pelindo I is ready to accept investors to cooperate and support investment activities in Sumatra, especially Kuala Tanjung.
“Currently, we continue to coordinate and explore cooperation with various parties to develop Kuala Tanjung,” said Dani.
Dani Rusli Utama explained that in phase I the Kuala Tanjung industrial area development plan would be developed for three years (2020-2022) in accordance with the Location Determination (Penlok) obtained by Pelindo I from the Batu Bara district government covering an area of 1,128 hectares.
“For this reason, we expect full support from the government, starting from the acceleration of land acquisition, funding aspects, and licensing of industrial estates in Kuala Tanjung,” explained Dani Rusli Utama.
Pelindo I hopes for support for the development of the Kuala Tanjung Industrial Estate, including ease of obtaining permits for investors to start, run and develop their businesses; ease of management of energy supply, water, telecommunications, and waste; availability and quality of transportation infrastructure; and competitive tariff policies in supplying electricity and gas to tenants. In addition, an investment policy for the construction of an oil refinery in Kuala Tanjung Industrial Estate is also needed.
On the same occasion, Plt. Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination at the Ministry of Commerce, Ayodhia G.L. Kalake added that Kemenkomarves supports the acceleration of the development of Kuala Tanjung which becomes a National Strategic Project (PSN) and will also become an international hub.
According to him, the potential of Kuala Tanjung is very large, which can be seen from the progress of its traffic figures. Many ships have taken advantage of the Kuala Tanjung Port operations. For this reason, the Ministry of Communication and Information helps accelerate its development and maps the obstacles faced to help find solutions.
“The progress of this project also depends on connectivity, road and rail access which must support it. If all the infrastructure is completed, Kuala Tanjung’s operations will also be optimal,” said Ayodhia.