A new jetty has been inaugurated today at Tarahan Port in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia, boosting the coal port’s capacity with 25 million tons per year.
The upgrade has rendered the port capable of accommodating ships of up to 210,000 DWT (Capesize), making way for the port to take up the lead in Indonesia in terms of capacity.
The inauguration was signed by Minister of Transportation Ignatius Jonan at Tarahan coal terminal, operated by state-owned mining company PT Bukit Asam (Persero) Tbk.
With the new 210,000 DWT jetty, currently Tarahan port has 3 jetties, one with 80,000 DWT (Panamax) and one with 10,000 DWT (barge) berthing capacity, that can be operated simultaneously.
With the new capacity, a ship with 210,000 DWT can be fully loaded within 35 hours or less than 3 days.
Additional berthing capacity in Tarahan will help boost PTBA’s competitive advantage in domestic market and help attract major producers from Australia as now the port can handle large-capacity vessels to improve efficiency in coal transportation costs.
“This can also help push forward the national shipping industry and serve domestic coal needs,” the ministry as quoted by Antara news agency.