Transportation Ministry Prepares 14 Special Seaports for Coals

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bobby R. Mamahit, the Transportation Ministry’s director general for sea transportation, said he will prepare 14 seaports special for coal, as agreed with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

    “Coals are only allowed to be collected at these ports for easier control,” he said on Monday.

    According to Bobby, outside of those seaports, the government will ban coal activity for exports. However, the concept of the special seaports is the domain of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. “It’s like a consolidation seaport,” said Bobby.

    The locations of the 14 seaports are spread in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Ternate. The locations are close to coal mining.

    Previously, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said they would cooperate with the Transportation Ministry next year to prepare special seaports for coals. Different from the Transportation Ministry’s statement, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said the seaports are only located at Sumatra and Kalimantan. The special seaports aim to reduce coal exports through illegal route.

    KHAIRUL ANAM