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Jakarta Post

Dredging and reclamation companies struggle to mend business image

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  02:16 pm
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An aerial view shows the reclamation of islets C and D in Jakarta Bay, on the Northern Jakarta coast in this undated photo. Local dredging and reclamation companies recently established a business association called the Indonesian Dredging and Reclamation Association (IDRA)(The Jakarta Post/Rendi A. Witular)

Dredging and reclamation companies are often seen as environmentally unfriendly and portrayed negatively in the media. In fact, for Indonesia as an archipelagic country, such activities are quite needed to make waterways for sea connectivity and seaport development, among other things. Earlier this September, contractors involved in dredging and reclamation works officially inaugurated the establishment of the Indonesian Dredging and Reclamation Association (IDRA), which would serve as a business forum and lobbying group for them. IDRA chairman Erick Limin, who is also the managing director of Limin Marine & Offshore, said the association would not only serve as a communication platform for its 104 members, but also as a lobbying body to promote the business image, healthy competition and good practices in dredging and reclamation works. Erick said local dredging and reclama...