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US warships visit to cost business players $3.15 million

  • Indra Harsaputra and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Mon, May 21 2012   /  08:00 am

Business players whose activities are dependent on the Tanjung Perak seaport in Surabaya are protesting the scheduled arrival of three US warships, which will be docking at the port from May 28 to June 8.

The associations argued that the warships would obstruct export and import activities at Tanjung Perak seaport, particularly at the Jamrud Utara dock, causing estimated revenue losses of US$3.15 million for the given period.

“The coming of US warships is just an opportunity for us to express our complaints that had been kept back for years and to urge the government to fix the situation at the Tanjung Perak international seaport. The port already has an occupancy ratio of 80 percent,” Steven H. Lasawengen, the Indonesia National Ship-owner Association (INSA) chairman for Surabaya.

The three warships: USS Vandegrift FFG-48, USS Germantown LSD-42 and USCG Waesche...