Passengers leave Pacific Eden cruise ship after the vessel docked at Benoa Port in Bali, making it the first cruise ship to do so at a local port. (JP/Hasyim Widhiarto)
Transportation Ministry Budi Karya Sumadi has issued the Benoa Port Master Plan (RIP) for the new concept of Benoa Port.
The new port of Benoa is set to become a huge international terminal that can accommodate large cruise ships and hundreds of yachts. It currently can only accommodate two cruise ships.
Budi said the project that has been abandoned for 17 years will soon begin following the issuance of the RIP.
The groundbreaking of the cruise ship terminal is scheduled to be held on Sept. 11.
The Benoa RIP is said to focus on optimizing the supporting facilities for yachts, including a 12-meter dredging, 200-meter expansion around the dock and the development of a cruise terminal.
The terminal reportedly would be able to welcome more than 100 yachts and has facilities such as resorts and shopping center.
The new facility is expected to be done by the end of 2018 prior to IMF – World Bank Annual Meetings 2018 that will be conducted in Bali.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the new terminal in Benoa would be very effective in attracting tourists who travel by sea. Each year the number of foreign tourists who use cruise ships around the East Asia – Australia region can reach up to three million people, however only 200,000 of them make a stop in Indonesia.
“Hopefully this new terminal can help us reach the target of attracting 500,000 foreign cruise ship tourists in 2019,” said Arief.
“Apart from Benoa, we will also develop five other ports to become the arrival point of cruise ships, such as Belawan, Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak and Soekarno-Hatta in Makassar,” Arief added. (kes)