Jakarta, 2 July 2020 - The application of the Traffic Separation Scheme from the 1st July 2020 is believed to increase ship traffic in the Sunda Strait and the Lombok Strait. PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) / IPC is ready to capture the potential for increased Sunda Strait traffic, which could become an alternative route of trade to West Asia and Europe or vice versa, which so far has relied more on the Malacca Strait.
The main purpose of implementing TSS is indeed to improve the safety and security of shipping in the Sunda Strait as the Indonesian Archipelago Sea Channel (ALKI) I and the Lombok Strait as ALKI II. But more than that, IPC sees an economic opportunity from the implementation of TSS, "said IPC President Director, Arif Suhartono, in Jakarta (2/7).
According to him, the application of the Sea Flow Separator Chart will make ship traffic in the Sunda Strait more regular. Thus, the travel time of shipping is getting faster, and this benefits the shipping party.
"In the future, the Sunda Strait has the potential to become an alternative route for cargo ships from Tanjung Priok to Asia and Europe, along the west coast of Sumatra. Moreover, traffic in the Straits of Malacca is getting denser, "explained Arif.
Tanjung Priok Port, he continued, is ready to become an international hub port. Especially since the last three years container terminals at Tanjung Priok have routinely served large ships with capacities above 10,000 TEUs.
"Now there are some direct calls (direct shipping routes) from Priok to various destinations, including America, Europe, Australia, and China and several East Asian countries," he concluded.