West Kalimantan port project studied


Jakarta: BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced the completion of its latest project with state-owned port operator, Indonesian Port Corporation II. BMT has delivered a pre-feasibility study for a possible greenfield site in the region of Kijing in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The three month study saw a number of experts from BMT’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia come together to provide both economic and technical expertise, to determine the viability of a multi-purpose deep water port on the west coast of Borneo – the world’s third largest island. BMT specialists carried out extensive analysis and research on areas including: hinterland market assessment, throughput forecasting, technical review for port suitability, various conceptual layout design exercises and financial viability assessments.

The existence of a new port in Kijing will connect West Kalimantan with the principal intra-Asian shipping network, and improve the region’s connectivity and logistical efficiencies. Johnny Tjea, President Director of BMT Asia Pacific Indonesia comments: “While the rest of the world is still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. As such, the government recognises that investment in port infrastructure is a key ingredient to drive economic growth and enhance supply chain efficiencies in Indonesia. We are excited to be working with IPC II again and playing an integral role in an important, strategic project.”

The proposed port of Kijing will complement the current river port at Pontianak and a local network of coastal and river terminals with a planned total capacity of up to 3m teu, 15m tonnes of bulk capacity, and over 20m tonnes of liquid capacity per annum.



Source: http://www.seashipnews.com/


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