The Jakarta Post
The government has changed its plan to build a new port in Cilamaya and is seeking a better location in Subang or Indramayu, West Java.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government needed to build a new port but it would not be in Cilamaya.
'The government has decided to conduct a fast port construction, but its location will move from Cilamaya to the eastern area in Subang or Indramayu,' he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
The Vice President, who visited Cilamaya with several ministers, including Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo and Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan on Thursday, said the new port would be built east of Cilamaya, either in Subang or Indramayu.
Kalla said the main reason to move the new port's location to another regency was because waters in the area were already crowded by offshore mining activities and oil tankers transporting crude oil to Jakarta and other cities.
The government has allocated Rp 34.5 trillion (US$2.6 billion) to construct a new port, as Tanjung Priok Port is deemed too crowded. (dyl)(++++)
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