Monday, 09 July, 2012 | 21:58 WIB
Thousands of Truck Caught in Merak Port Jams
TEMPO Interactive, Cilegon:Thousands of trucks attempting to reach Merak Port terminal Banten to head for Bakauheni Port, Lampung continued to queue for 11 kilometers from Merak Port. The line was reduced somewhat when PT River, Lake and Ferry Transportation (ASDP) Indonesia Ferry Main Branch operates a total of 26 roll on-roll off (ro-ro) for 86 trips.
The 11-kilometer queue is broken down into five kilometers from the Cikuasa Atas fly over, Cilegon, to Merak toll booths and six kilometers on the highway itself.
This is 4 kilometer less than the previous day’s.
The 86 trips have ferried as many as 6,793 different types of vehicles from Merak Port to Bakeuheni Port. Still to be transported and remaining outside the port until 15.00 pm are about 1,600 vehicles.
"We have done our best to overcome the jam occurring these past few days. We’ve also prepared steps to accelerate the reduction of the jam," said Corporate Secretary of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry, Christine Hutabarat, Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Other step carried out by PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry, says Christine, is to maintain the operation of a fleet of 26 ships. For that purpose, PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry has high hopes that the Association of Transport and River Crossing (Gapasdap) will confirm the reliability of the ships in order to quickly reduce and overcome the long line of queuing vechicles. "We will continue to maintain a minimum number of 26 ships starting today," said Christine.
General Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Main Branch Peacock, Supriyono, recognize lines that occurred in the port of Merak is due to lack of operating ships. Of the 40 existing vessels in the port of Merak, confirmed 27 new ships that could operate to parse the line truck.
The reasons for ships not to be in operation, said Supriyono, among others are light repairs, routine repairs, and beyond repair. "The number of ships are less. Whatever formula you use, the issue is there aren’t enough ships," he added.