Indonesian Port To Be Built By Rotterdam

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed an agreement with the Indonesian Port Corporation for the construction of the new deep sea port Kuala Tanjung.

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has inked an agreement with the Indonesian Port Corporation Pelindo I in Medan, North Sumatra, for the building of the new deep-sea port Kuala Tanjung.  For this purpose, the port authority will undertake the feasibility study for the new port together with Pelindo I.  This will require a project organization consisting of the port authority’s employees locally and based in Rotterdam.  The findings of the feasibility study would help the port authority to assess and arrive at a decision regarding a joint venture with Pelindo I for the further realization of the port.

Allard Castelein, CEO, representing the Port Authority shared: “We want to share our knowledge in the construction, development and management of Kuala Tanjung.  We are confident that the Port Authority and Pelindo I will form a strong team that will serve the country and provide for a better future.”

Castelein, as a part of Rotterdam delegation would travel through Indonesia under the leadership of Ahmed Aboutaleb.  Even the Mayor of Rotterdam was also present at the signing of the  agreement.  He was happy for this partnership as it would create many new jobs in Sumatra and attract investors.

Kuala Tanjung is a new port developing near the city of Medan located in the Strait of Malacca.  This can serve as one of the most important shipping routes in the world.  Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s President, has promised to strengthen the maritime sector.  The reinforcement of this sector can promote economic growth (6-7 percent per year).  This approach is also consistent with the port authority’s foreign policy focusing on creating opportunities for Dutch companies abroad.  Similarly, in 2003, the port authority signed a joint venture with the Sultan of Oman for the development of the Port of Sohar.  It has partnered with Sohar Industrial Port Company to focus on developing the Porto Central in Brazil.

Source: Port of Rotterdam

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