This afternoon, Friday Indonesian President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, along with a number of Advanced Indonesian Cabinet Ministers such as, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung directly observed the Patimban Port construction project, Subang Regency, West Java. It is planned that in June 2020 the first phase of the soft opening will be Patimban Port.
"The progress (of the Patimban Port project) is good and we hope that we will finish the first stage in June 2020," explained President Jokowi.
The President said, Patimban Port later in 2027 would become a large port that would be used for the export of the automotive industry from Indonesia abroad.
"We want this to be a big HUB for automotive and logistics that we export to Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries, all departing from Patimban. This is all in order to improve our competitiveness," said the President.
Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi explained, the Patimban Port construction project requires an investment of around 40 Trillion Rupiah.
Of these needs, IDR 23.5 trillion was obtained from a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), namely for phase 1 phase 1 of IDR 14 trillion and phase 1 phase 2 of IDR 9.5 trillion.
The Patimban Port Development Project as a whole was carried out in 3 stages. Phase 1 phase 1, will be completed in November 2020 with a capacity of 218,000 vehicles for the vehicle terminal and 250,000 TEUs for the container terminal.
Then proceed with the development in phase 1 phase 2 which is targeted in 2021 - 2023, with the optimum capacity for these vehicles is 600,000 vehicles and containers totaling 3.75 million TEUs.
Phase 2 and stage 3 will be carried out in 2024-2027, namely the development of container terminals to reach a maximum capacity of over 7 million TEUs.
The total area of this port is 654 hectares with details of 300 hectares for container terminals and vehicle terminals and 354 hectares will be designated as back up areas containing warehousing, office, management, and business areas.
It is expected that with the operation of Patimban Port as a whole, it can reduce logistics costs by bringing production centers closer to ports, strengthening economic resilience, reducing the level of traffic density (export-import) of vehicles at Tanjung Priok in Jakarta by sharing the flow of vehicle traffic, and ensuring shipping safety including oil and gas exploration areas.
Meanwhile, parallel to the construction of the terminal, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Works is currently building road access to and from Patimban Port which is targeted to be completed in April 2020, before the soft launching of Patimban Port.