Reviewing Makassar New Port, Minister of Transportation Ensures Project Completion in Mid 2023

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta The Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Saturday (4/3), made a working visit to Makassar to review one of the national strategic projects, namely the Makassar New Port (MNP), which is targeted to be completed in the middle of this year.

In his review of the MNP, the Minister of Transportation monitored the ship’s movement points and the dredging ponds at the MNP by boat. The progress of the construction of Terminal 2 Makassar New Port (phase 1B and 1C) has reached 94.52 percent. With the development being carried out, Makassar New Port’s capacity can reach 2.5 million – 2.6 million TEUs per year.

“I appreciate all stakeholders who are serious about managing and maintaining our port in Makassar. We hope that these two ports, namely Soekarno Hatta Port and Makassar New Port, will improve, of course it will improve Indonesia’s logistics distribution,” said the Minister of Transportation, Saturday (4/3/2023).

The construction of the MNP will be carried out in three stages which will continue until 2037. Apart from building the terminal, currently, PT. Pelindo also procures port equipment at MNP. Some of this equipment has arrived and will continue to be brought in gradually to adjust the growth in logistics distribution traffic.

Currently, the capacity of the equipment at the port has reached 1 million TEUs per year. Meanwhile, the realization of logistics performance at MNP in 2022 is in the range of nearly 800,000 TEUs per year.

Passenger Terminal

In addition to serving logistics, MNP also has a passenger terminal with a total building area of ​​6,608m2 and a maximum total passenger capacity of 1,500 people for two floors.

Apart from visiting the port, the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya also used the Makassar Pare-Pare Railway and visited the Rammang-Rammang tour, one of the tourist destinations where the train line passes. A number of tourist objects along the train line are one of the attractions for people to use this train.

At the Rammang-Rammang tourist spot, the Minister of Transportation took a boat on the Karts river which is one of the tourist attractions there, and talked with Mr. Ridwan, 59, who works as a boatman. Previously, Mr. Ridwan worked outside the city of Makassar, but chose to return to his hometown to participate in developing tourism potential in Rammang-Rammang.

Hope to Jokowi

He said he was pleased with the arrival of the Minister of Transportation to the Rammang-Rammang Tourism, and hoped that Indonesian President Joko Widodo could also visit there.

“Thank you very much for the visit of the Minister of Transportation today. It is an honor for us. I hope there will be an opportunity to meet again later,” he said.

Also attending the visit were Director General of Railways Risal Wasal and Inspector General M. Pramintohadi Sukarno.