Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed the Patimban Port development project, in Subang Regency, West Java, went according to plan. For this reason, the Minister of Transportation targets Patimban Port to be operational by mid-2020.
"What we can plan is that maybe in the middle of next year, we will start the first use of the car terminal. Therefore I will coordinate so that it can be resolved, then everything will be finished by the end of 2020, "said the Minister of Transportation after holding a meeting at the Patimban Port Project Site on Sunday (23/6).
With the target to operate in mid-2020, Menhu hopes that road access from and to Patimban Port can be completed.
According to the Minister of Transportation, the progress of the construction of the Patimban Port is currently 29%. Whereas for the car terminal which will operate in the middle of next year the progress has reached 35%.
For information, the presence of a Car Terminal in Patimban Port is expected to reduce traffic density, especially for export-import of vehicles at Tanjung Priok Port. During this time, heavy vehicles, including export-import vehicles, contributed to traffic congestion, especially the section between Bekasi-Tanjung Priok, Jakarta.
The Patimban Port Terminal Car will have a capacity of 250 thousand to 300 thousand vehicles per year.
Reduce Logistics Costs
Meanwhile on the same occasion the Director General of Sea Transportation R. Agus H. Purnomo said the purpose of the Patimban Port development was to reduce logistics costs by bringing production centers closer to ports, strengthening economic resilience, reducing traffic congestion in Jakarta by distributing vehicle traffic flows, and ensuring shipping safety, including oil and gas exploration areas.
The construction itself is carried out in 3 (three) stages. In the first phase, Patimban Port is planned to be able to serve 3.5 million containers (TEUS) and 600,000 motorized vehicles (CBU). In the second stage, the service capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and in the third stage will increase again to 7.5 million TEUs.
In general, Patimban Port will serve container and motorized vehicle types which are transported using large-sized vessels.
"Later the Patimban Port will also be supported by a support area (Backup Area) to support logistics efficiency from and to Patimban Port covering 356 hectares," Agus said.
Besides the activities carried out by the Ministry of Transportation, work has been carried out on the making of road access by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (KemenPUPR).
The government hopes that the operation of Patimban Port can streamline the cost of exporting Indonesian products abroad, one of which is automotive products. (kemenhub)