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North Sumatra’s seaport enjoys increased traffic

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Mardika Parama

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1 2020   /  01:00 am
State-owned port operator Pelindo I president director Bambang Eka Cahyana (center) is pictured with Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) operator Prima Multi Terminal president director Robert Sinaga (right) and Taiwan-based shipping company Wan Hai president director Tommy Hsieh at the terminal in North Sumatra on Thursday during the maiden shipment from Kuala Tanjung Port to China.(The Jakarta Post/Apriadi Gunawan)

State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) I has seen an increase in ship calls at its Kuala Tanjung seaport in Batubara regency, North Sumatra, despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global trade. The company’s president director Dani Rusli Utama said on Sept. 24 that the Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) had recorded 169 ship calls as of August, an increase of 30 percent year-to-date (ytd) from 130 calls booked throughout 2019. KTMT had also handled around 31,900 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo as of August this year, 34 percent more than the 23,900 TEUs of cargo KTMT handled throughout 2019. “If we look at the cargo loading traffic, it shows a positive trend,” Dani said during a press conference. Kuala Tanjung seaport is expected to become one of Indonesia’s largest ports after the country’s m...