Jakarta. Patimban Port, a deep-sea harbor under construction in West Java, has been declared a national strategic project in a presidential decree that ensures the project will be completed by 2019, according to a statement released by the cabinet secretary on Monday (13/05).
The decree, numbered 47/2016, was signed on May 25 and mandates the Ministry of Transportation to organize the $3.3 billion seaport project in collaboration with a port operator.
"President [Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo] orders ministers, chiefs of agencies and governors to give their support in expediting the Patimban Port construction project," the statement said.
The decree said funding for Patimban may come from state or regional budgets, overseas loans or grants, or public-private partnerships. Belgium and Japan have previously expressed interest in financing the project.
The port is located in Patimban, West Java, about 145 kilometers from Jakarta, or a two-hour drive from the Cikarang industrial complex on the eastern outskirts of Jakarta. The project is part of the government's maritime plan to connect all islands in the archipelago.
Patimban replaces a previous plan to build a port in nearby Cilamaya, which was canceled due to safety and accessibility concerns.
The Patimban seaport will have a capacity of 7.5 million 20-foot equivalent units, providing much-needed support for Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta — the busiest seaport in the country, which handles about 65 percent of international trade.