Luxury ferry to serve Merak-Bakauheni

State-owned seaport operator PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) has launched KMP Portlink, a luxury ferry weighing more than 12,000 gross tons (GT) serving the Merak-Bakauheni route.

“KMP Portlink is the first Indonesian Roll-On Roll-Off [Ro-Ro] ferry equipped with complete facilities for pleasurable trips,” ASDP said in a statement in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

The luxury ferry, which links Merak-Bakauheni, has a car deck that can accommodate up to 370 vehicles. The vessel, which has an overall length of 131 meters and 22 meters width, can carry up to 1,000 passengers.

According to ASDP, Portlink is equipped with comfortable facilities and is designed with a beautiful interior. A lounge with various cuisines catering to a number of tastes is available. Passengers can also find a business center with Internet access, an entertainment room with cinema facilities and children playgrounds.

KMP Portlink uses a Pielstick-Crossley 16PC2V Mk5 diesel machine with a major automatic and control system.

In a previous statement, ASDP president director Danang S.Baskoro said the company would operate four more units of Ro-Ro ferries serving the Merak-Bakauheni route ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday.

“With the four new ferries, ASDP will operate a total of 33 ferries in this year’s Idul Fitri festivities,” he said.

Each ferry can carry 1,000 passengers, 80 trucks and even up to 150 units of mixed trucks and cars.

“With the additional four ferries, the capacity of the Merak-Bakauheni route can increase by about 6 to 7 percent,” said Danang. (ebf)

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