According to a press statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Indonesia’s state-owned seaport operator Pelindo 1, Spanish-based Fundacion Valencia Port and Internasional Societe General de Surveillance SA (SGS) just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on July 11, 2016, in Valencia. The Cooperation covers port communication systems, vessel traffic monitoring, digitization of seaport information, the management of seaport terminal operations and seaport safety systems.
The president director of Pelindo 1, Bambang Eka Cahyana, stated that several seaports under the authority of the company will face strong national, regional and international competition. The development of Kuala Tanjung seaport will make it the biggest of its kind in Indonesia. The first phase of the construction of the multi-function terminal will be completed by 2017. After the construction of an industrial gateway port, the terminal is expected to become operational by 2019. Once completed, the seaport will accommodate 150 million tons of cargo and create at least on hundred thousand jobs while opening an investment of some USD 7 billion.
Indonesia’s maritime sector has become the government’s focus with special attention towards the improvement of seaport infrastructure. The world’s biggest archipelagic country plans to build modern seaports equipped with a digital communication system to serve ships and cargo as well as to manage the flow of passengers in line with international standards.