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Less return cargo from remains maritime highway challenge

  • Mardika Parama

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
The Sabuk Nusantara 66 is part of the tol laut (sea toll) policy. JP/Rosa Panggabean(JP/Rosa Panggabean)

  Cargo ships returning empty from destination ports is a core challenge for the government’s so-called maritime highway five years after its initiation, officials and experts say.   The maritime highway program subsidizes shipping on certain routes for the distribution of basic and important consumer goods as well as steel and cement to remote regions of the archipelago.   The Transportation Ministry’s sea transportation director general, Agus Purnomo, said Monday that the government should do more to boost local industries in the program’s destination regions and increase the return cargo volume.   “We need to establish a system to increase the return cargo volume. Return cargo is still the maritime highway’s weakness, and we have to create new products in the destinations to be shipped to the ports of origin,&r...