Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - It is very important to group ports into a national network to reduce logistics costs and optimize the role of ports for export and import activities.
President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) or IPC, Arif Suhartono, said that talking about ports is difficult to talk about ports only, because they must be an ecosystem, including the supporting infrastructure.
"From the port course, the emphasis is on performance, the flow of goods and the flow of documents, so that it will certainly run well and there will always be improvements," he explained to Bisnis.com, Sunday (23/9). 8/2020).
He considered that one of the most influential things was the flow of goods, namely ensuring that the loading and unloading speed was always stable and the speed was high. It is important to establish a network to produce efficiency in port activities and it can no longer focus on only one port.
On the other hand, he continued, discussing efficiency in the network is ensuring that ports in Indonesia are clustered. For example, in the form of the main port, port class 1 and 2, or at least between ports from one cluster have the same performance to create overall efficiency.
That way, he said, the role of ports can develop in a sustainable network. Currently, based on data from the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, there are 2,459 ports and terminals in Indonesia.
This number consists of 1,241 public ports consisting of 33 main ports, 217 collection ports, and 991 feeder ports. Of these, 111 ports are commercial ports operated by Pelindo I to IV, and 1,130 non-commercial ports are managed by the government.
The rest, 1,218 are special terminals or terminals for self-interest (TUKS) whose number continues to grow because the data is new until 2015.
Unfortunately, from the condition of the various terminals at the special terminal level, some can export independently so that the optimization of the main port cannot be done, he said.