Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday inaugurated an expansion of the country’s main seaport – the New Priok Container Terminal (NPCT) 1, Reuters reports.
During the opening ceremony of NPCT 1, which is the first of five phases of an expansion of Indonesia’s Tanjung Priok Port, President Widodo said: “We cannot delay the development of modern ports any longer. This supports trade flows and investment in this country.”
Elvyn Masassya, CEO of Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia’s state-owned port company that operates NPCT 1, added that with 8 cranes that can move 30 containers per hour and berths that can dock ships with draft up to 16 meters, the new terminal will allow Priok to accommodate vessels carrying 10,000 TEUs from Europe and East Asia for the first time.
According to the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, this new container terminal is expected to add 1.5 million TEUs per year to the port of Tanjung Priok’s existing capacity of around 7 million TEUs.