According to the Straits Times, the work on a new deepwater port on an island between Batam and Bintan is set to begin next year, creating a potential rival to Singaporeâ€™s port.
The Tanjung Sauh Port aims to be a major transshipment centre for Indonesia, and is part of the countryâ€™s overhaul of its transport infrastructure to cope with growing domestic demand.
Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) chief executive Richard J. Lino sees Tanjung Sauh as an ideal location as almost no dredging or reclamation is needed. And it will have room to grow, being across the island from the existing port at Batu Ampar.
“Singaporeâ€™s ports will always face competition from ports in the region, with shippers weighing cost against quality,” stated Mr Teo Siong Seng, managing director of Pacific International Lines.
Dredging Today Staff, May 21, 2012