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Jakarta Post

Ministry to optimize ‘maritime highway’

  • Mardika Parama


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Processing a container to be shipped is not as simple as ordering an ojek (motorcycle taxi) or food on an app.(JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

The Transportation Ministry is relying on a long-running sea transportation program – the maritime highway – to support logistics in the country amid disruption induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Sunday stated that optimizing the maritime highway, a flagship program in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term in office, was part of the government’s efforts to ensure the movement of goods during the health crisis. “The maritime highway is expected to secure supply logistics all across Indonesia during the pandemic,” Budi said according to a press release. “To optimize the maritime highway program, all stakeholders need to take part to maximize the carrying capacity of the ships and reduce price disparity [among islands].” COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out...