PT Pelindo III, the company behind Bali’s Benoa Port, has finished its project in groove dredging and deepening the port from minus 9 meter Low Water Spring (LWS) to become minus 12 meter LWS. This enables cruise ships with Length of All (LOA) of more than 350 meters to park at the port.
“With a such revitalisation, it definitely will add more interest for the cruise ship arrivals because the conditions of both safety and comfort are guaranteed.” stated Joko Noerhudha, the Technical Director of Pelindo III on Monday (3/11).
He also added that the turning basin or the area which allows ships to turn and reverse direction is also widened from 300 meter to 420 meter so that ships which have longer turning radius can do a more safety manuever. The width of the east basin is also added from 150 meter into 200 meter, while the width of the west basin is added to 330 meter.
Regarding the improvement to the facilities, especially for the passenger terminal building, Pelindo III also added the capacity from 900 persons to 3,500 persons in a 5,600 square meters building. The work will be finished at the second semester of 2019. Until last February, the progress has reached 58 percent.
“As the work in port widening and deepening completed, it will increase the cruise ship visitations. Moreover, those cruise ships will not only transit. Benoa will be the home port cruise where cruise ships will go from Benoa, and then traveling around East Indonesia and back again to Benoa.” said Toto Nugroho Pranatyasto, the Director of Transformation and Business Development Pelindo III.
“By becoming a home port for cruises, it will definitely bring a positive impact for Bali economic because it has a big multiplier effect. When the cruise ships are parking at the port, it can create economic values for the people around the area, tourists will increase their stay period.” Added Toto.
To support Benoa Port in becoming the home port for the cruise ships, Pelindo III is also adding more improvements such as rearranging the zone for the excursion ships, fuels, fisheries, and the construction of international terminal designed with the Balinese artistic touch.
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