The development of Benoa – Bali Cruise Ship Terminal should start next month, as a result of a meeting co-ordinated by the Bali Maritime Affairs Minister.
The construction project was awarded to state-owned port management company -PT Pelindo III -and is set to be completed by the end of 2018.
The new port will be able to cater for mega cruise ships that can accommodate up to 5,000 pax and 1,500 crew members. Currently, Benoa can only accommodate two cruise ships simultaneously.
“The East Dock pool will be 662 x 150 m with the depth of 11 m, whilst the West Dock pool will be 900 x 150 m with the depth of 4 m. The Cruise Ship Terminal will be able to manage 2,500 pax on a single batch,” said PT Pelindo III president director Ari Ashkara.
In addition to the cruise terminal, the ministry also plans to develop Celukan Bawang Port in North Bali in a project due to start in December, 2017 and finishing in March, 2018, to allow seven tourist ships to berth each carrying up to 1,000 pax each.
“Celukan Bawang Port already has the sea level that fits the standard so no further dredging is needed. The huge area of the part provides easy access for hundreds of vehicles to transport arriving tourists to tourist attractions,” said Marine Tourism Acceleration Department head Indroyono Soesilo.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said three million tourists in East Asia – Australia region traveled using a cruise ship every year, yet Indonesia only welcomed 200,000 foreign tourists.
“With the availability of the new terminal, I hope the 2019 target of 500,000 foreign tourists from cruise ships can be achieved,” said Arief.
He also hoped the development would be done in a year prior to the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting that will be held in Bali in October next year.
“Apart from Benoa, we’re also developing Belawan, Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak and Soekarno-Hatta ports in Makassar,” added Arief. (kes)