West Kalimantan to have new port in 2019

MEMPAWAH, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Indonesian Port Corporations (IPC) will kick off the construction of the Pantai Kijing Port in West Kalimantan in the third quarter of 2019.

The Indonesian Port Corporations (IPC), also known as state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II, announced on Wednesday the construction of the Pantai Kijing Port in West Kalimantan, which is projected to begin operation in the third quarter of 2019.

“The Kijing Port will operate in line with international standards. It will be the largest port in Kalimantan and will strengthen inter-island connectivity,” said IPC president director Elvyn G Masassya when announcing the project's start of construction in Mempawah, West Java, on Wednesday.

The Kijing Port, which will be developed in four phases, is located 80-kilometers away from Pontianak Port. IPC prefers to construct a new port away from the existing port because of the high sedimentation from the Kapuas River and land limits near the existing port.

In the first phase, the IPC will construct four terminals – a container, dry bulk, multipurpose and liquid bulk terminal.

The capacity of the container terminal is projected to be 1 million foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually, while liquid bulk and dry bulk will have a capacity of 8.3 million tons and 15 million tons respectively.

The Kijing Port will be integrated into the Special Economic Zone to be developed in the area, as part of the effort to create a new growth center in the province.

Assistant to the West Kalimantan secretary Alexander Rambonang said the development of the two projects would help open downstream businesses to the plantation and mining sectors, the major commodities of the province.