We hope that this will become a new port format that will be developed in several places in Indonesia
Kupang (ANTARA) – Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi hopes that the Multipurpose Wae Kelambu Terminal at the Labuan Bajo Port in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) can become a new format for ports in Indonesia.
“We hope that this will become a new port format that will be developed in several places in Indonesia,” said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya in his report at the Inauguration of the Merger of Pelindo and the Multipurpose Terminal Wae Kelambu at Labuan Bajo Port which was broadcast live via the Presidential Secretariat’s youtube account, Thursday.
He said the presence of the port would provide support for sea toll service activities that transport rice from rice barns in Merauke to meet the needs of the people of Eastern Indonesia.
NTT itself has prepared two containers to launch these logistics activities and the sea highway will operate specifically in 15 existing ports.
Thus, he said, rice will no longer be imported from Java, which will reduce transportation from west to east and from east to west to start immediately.
On that occasion, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya also reported that the construction of the terminal had begun in August 2020 with a budget sourced from the State Budget and BUMN budget.
The multipurpose port was built with the aim of moving the container port from within the city so that Labuan Bajo is no longer crowded and becomes a good and attractive tourist destination in the city.
The Minister of Transportation thanked all parties, both the government and the private sector at the center or the regions, who simultaneously worked together to make the port development successful.
Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo, who was present to inaugurate the Merger of Pelindo and the Wae Kelambu Multipurpose Terminal at Labuan Bajo Port, hoped that the port would still be possible to use for the next 15-20 years.
“We hope that we can use it in the next 15 or 20 years, it is still possible to transport goods in East Nusa Tenggara Province, especially West Manggarai Regency,” said President Jokowi.
Reporter: Fransiska Mariana Nuka
Editor: Risbiani Fardaniah
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