President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana paid a one-day working visit to Sibolga, North Sumatra Province, for inauguration of Silboga port on Sunday.
The president and entourage arrived in Ferdinand Lumbang (FL) Tobing Airport in Central Tapanuli District on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. local time.
Upon their arrival, they were greeted by senior politician of Golkar Party Akbar Tanjung and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.
Members of the presidential entourage included Chief of the Presidential Staff Moeldoko, North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi, and Chief of the North Sumatra Police Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto.
At the inauguration on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said that reactivating of the port of Sibolga and can accomodate around 20 thousand TEU. The port also serve the ships of 6 .000 Gross Ton from only 2.000 Gross Ton.
In 2016, Jokowi laid the first corner stone for the expansion of Sibolga port development project.
The development aspects included construction of a 153-m multifunction pier, a container yard, trestle and breasting dolphin, fix crane facility, and a 400 m2 ferry pier and a three-storey Sibolga port terminal measuring 300 m2.
In the future, the Sibolga port will also have a liquid bulk port facility for crude palm oil (CPO) distribution. (ant, sekkab)