TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli said that lengthy dwelling time in Tanjung Priok port was due to PT Pelindo's policy to rent spaces to private companies.
"The coordination [at Pelindo] is poor, resulting in lengthy dwelling time," Rizal said at the custom and excise office at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Rizal explained that a ship measuring 5,000 GWT must pay US$5,000 to dock at the port. Larger ships even had to pay up to US$17,000. Rizal said that the cost multiplies because the ship needs to dock longer than it should.
Rizal wanted the Tanjung Priok port to operate ports in Makassar and Surabaya that applied the first-come-first-serve principle. Therefore, Rizal urged Pelindo and port administrator to improve the services in order to shorten the dwelling time from five days to 1.5 days.