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TIN news:    State-owned port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia II plans to start full operations of a container terminal at New Priok Port in North Jakarta on July 15, a director said.
The terminal, dubbed New Priok Container Terminal I, was the first of three offshore terminals at the harbor, which is aimed at reducing the country’s dependence on Singapore’s ports.
The terminal is equipped with an 850-meter dock that is able to accommodate a one feeder ship and up to two New Panamax class mother vessels. The latter are giant container ships that can carry up to 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which are far more cost efficient for long-distance trips.
The New Panamax vessels would allow shipments from or to Jakarta to take a direct route to other major ports across the globe, thus cutting logistical costs.
Currently only feeder ships with a capacity of up to 1,500 TEUs are able to dock at Tanjung Priok Port, making a transfer to a mother vessel in Singapore compulsory for long-distance shipments. But those days could soon end as New Priok Port becomes operational.
“We have conducted a trial run for the new terminal to synchronize all the export-import procedures and systems,” Pelindo II director of operations and information systems Prasetyadi said.
The company ran a trial docking operation on May 28 with Sinar Sumba, a feeder ship owned by Samudera Indonesia Shipping Line, to test the infrastructure, logistics and the terminal integration with port authorities including the quarantine department and customs.
“The next test run would be July 2. We hope that we have enough time to make adjustments if any issues arise. Hopefully, we could begin full operation on July 15,” Prasetyadi said.
The 32-hectare container terminal is capable of handling up to 1.5 million TEUs per year.

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