The Jakarta Post
Tanjung Perak Port in East Java and Banjarmasin Port in South Kalimantan posted 5 percent growth in the first half this year compared to the same period last year, an operator says.
Edi Priyanto, spokesman of state-run Pelindo III, which operates the ports, said growth was supported by increasing trade activities there, thanks to the country's healthy economy.
Container traffic passing through Tanjung Perak reaches 1.46 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) while in Banjarmasin the figure stands at 218,436 TEUs, according to Edi.
"We predict the growth will exceed 5 percent by the end of this year as we keep developing the ports to accommodate market demand," he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
He said the firm was set to further grow Tanjung Perak, which is the country's second largest port after Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, by connecting it to three other ports, namely Ende and Kalabahi ports in East Nusa Tenggara and Badas port in West Nusa Tenggara, later this year.
In addition, he said Pelindo III had allocated Rp 460 billion (US$46 million) to expand the capacity and operate new cranes in Banjarmasin to smooth loading and unloading activities at the port.
"We are extending the berth from an existing 240 meters to 505 meters so that more ships can berth at the port. We expect to finish this project by the end of this year because business cannot wait," he continued, adding that they planned to add four new container cranes in Banjarmasin.
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