Patimban International Port in Subang, West Java, operates officially and serves the first export shipment of 140 cars to Brunei Darussalam on Sunday (20/12).
The inauguration of Patimban Port was attended virtually by President Joko Widodo, accompanied by the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi who was present in person.
In the soft launching ceremony, the President and Minister of Transportation also witnessed the process of transporting 140 units of Toyota, Daihatsu and Suzuki cars into the MV Suzuka Express owned by PT Toyofuji Shipping Co Ltd which will be exported to Brunei Darussalam.
"In the midst of a pandemic, we have completed one of the national strategic projects, Patimban Port, in the first phase. Alhamdulillah," President said.
According to him, Patimban Port has a strategic role in economic growth in the West Java region and nationally.
"With its strategic location close to Kertajati International Airport and industrial areas in Bekasi, Karawang and Purwakarta, I am sure that Patimban Port will be the key link between industrial estates, manufacturing and agricultural centers, as well as support the acceleration of exports," President added.
He hopes that Patimban Port will also support the export of other products that drive the economy such as SMEs, the agricultural sector, creative industries, and others so that local products can compete in the global market.
Meanwhile, Budi Karya said that Patimban is a main port that was built with one of the main considerations to reduce logistics costs and smooth the flow of goods, as well as reducing the load of trucks on roads, especially in Jabodetabek area.
“Patimban Port, which is synergized with Tanjung Priok Port, is expected to streamline logistics time and costs. Especially to reduce national logistics costs and improve cost efficiency of exporting Indonesian products abroad, one of which is automotive products," the Minister said.
Overall, Patimban Port was built in three stages. Currently, the construction of phase 1 step 1 has been completed, including the construction of a terminal area, construction of a Breakwater, Seawall and Revetment, Back Up Area, and access road.
In addition, a connecting bridge was built with a 25 ha Vehicle Terminal with a cumulative capacity of 218,000 CBUs, a 35 ha Container Terminal with a cumulative capacity of 250,000 TEUs for phase 1 as a whole.
Furthermore, phase 1 phase 2 will be carried out in 2021-2024 with the work of a 66 ha Container Terminal with a cumulative capacity of 3.75 million TEUs, a Vehicle Terminal with a cumulative capacity of 600,000 CBU, and a Roro Terminal covering an area of 200 m2.
Phase 2 will be carried out in 2024-2025 Container Terminal works with a cumulative capacity of 5.5 million TEUs. Meanwhile, phase 3 will be carried out in 2026-2027 with the construction of a Container Terminal with a cumulative capacity of 7.5 million TEUs. (hlz/hlz)