Source: Hellenic Shipping News
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Wasior Port in Wondamba Bay, West Papua, on Tuesday.
Wasior Port is part of the government’s sea toll road transportation
program, launched in November, 2015, to connect Tanjung Priok in Jakarta
and Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, East Java, to other major ports in
Indonesia’s eastern provinces.
Three freighters currently ply three routes as part of the freight
service program, transporting cargo between the two largest ports in
Java and a dozen ports in Papua, Maluku and the Riau Islands.
“There will be six routes next year. Tickets will be subsidized so
the people can also use this service,” Jokowi said at the inauguration.
Since late 2015, the government has completed the construction of 27
seaports and four ferry ports, Jokowi said. “The government plans to
construct a further 68 ports across Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua
and Sulawesi,” he added.
The port development is to facilitate the smooth transportation of
goods and people, the President said, emphasizing that such development
was not linked to the price of commodities as the delivery of
commodities still required other modes of transport.
Jokowi explained that good connectivity between cities and regions
with better modes of transportation would significantly cut price
disparity, adding that the government had been constructing a road to
connect Manokwari, Wendes and Wasior that was expected to open next
Earlier, Trade Minister Thomas Lembong said the sea toll program has
succeeded to cut prices in Papua. Four months after the launch, he saw a
decline in the price of several products in Papua, especially in
Fak-Fak and Kaimana, citing a 6 percent decline in the price of steel
price, a 21 percent decline in the price of cooking oil, and a 35
percent price decline for chicken.
Traders need freight schedule certainty, while the fare is secondary,
the minister said, adding that the presence of a regular freight
service would encourage more and more traders to send goods to eastern
Jokowi has ordered his Cabinet to create an efficient shipping route,
increase the number and variety of freight services and deregulate the