The application of Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) starting July 1, 2000 is believed to increase ship traffic in Sunda Strait and Lombok Strait.
PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) / IPC is ready to capture the potential for increased traffic in Sunda Strait. It could be an alternative route of trade to West Asia and Europe or vice versa, which so far has relied on Malacca Strait.
The main purpose of implementing TSS is indeed to improve shipping safety and security in Sunda Strait as an Indonesian Archipelago Sea Channel (ALKI) I and Lombok Strait as ALKI II.
"But more than that, IPC sees an economic opportunity from the implementation of TSS," IPC President Director Arif Suhartono said, Thursday (2/7).
According to him, the application of TSS will make ship traffic in Sunda Strait more regular. Thus, the travel time of shipping is getting faster, and this benefits the shipping party.
"In the future, 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 Straits of Malacca is getting denser, " Arif explained.
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 a number of direct calls from Tanjung Priok to various destinations, including America, Europe, Australia, and China and several East Asian countries," he concluded. (hlz/hlz)