Pelindo III, Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator, will build a series of fixed cranes requiring a total investment of US$10.75 million at three of its ports as the country continues in its efforts to cope with increasing cargo traffic.
The cranes will be constructed at the Port of Gresik, located in East Java, Batulicin Port in South Kalimantan and Lembar Port, Nusa Tenggara, according to the Jakarta Post.
“We need these cranes because we’ve seen a significant increase in traffic in these ports over the past years due to strong economic growth,” said Husein Latief, Pelindo III commercial and business development director.
The Port of Lembar, located in West Lombok, for example saw box traffic jump year-over-year from 11,566 TEU to 15,188 TEU in 2012, while general cargo commodities also grew significantly, added Husein
“The cranes are very important because they have a lot of functions; they can be used to help the loading and unloading of containers, logs and dry bulk goods,” added Husein.