goodmorningpapua.com – The Port of Depapre has a strategic location, fronting directly to the Pacific Ocean which can be a gateway for international trade, especially the Asia Pacific region.
On one occasion, the Ministry of Transportation is setting up the Depapre Port in Jayapura Regency, Papua, as a Hub for the eastern part of Indonesia. For this reason, a number of preparations must be made in order to optimize the performance of port activities around port area in which it serves container activities and the pioneering passenger ships.
The idea was again conveyed by the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, when he became a keynote speaker in the FGD “Review of the Acceleration Strategy for the Development of the Depapre Port and the Depapre Sentani Road Infrastructure towards Community Economic Awakening” taking place online, last Tuesday (11/1/2022).
He hopes that all stakeholders, from ministries/agencies, local governments, and other related elements, will jointly play an active role and collaborate in efforts to improve the performance of the Depapre Port.
As is known, Wednesday, January 27 2021 has become a historic day for the Tabi community, especially Jayapura Regency, Papua. That morning, for the first time the Depapre Container Port was functioned.
KM Logistik Nusantara 2 with a capacity of 149.00 Teus and weight of 3,901 DWT for the first time has anchored for doing a loading and an unloading activities. KM Logistik Nusantara 2 is a freighter that serves the sea highway in the easternmost region of Indonesia. The port, located in the Depapre District, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province, serves the T-9 sea toll route. The route encompasses Merauke-Kokas-Sorong-Supiori-Depapre District, Jayapura Regency (round trip/PP).
The Depapre Container Port can be visited by large ships. The depth of the beach there reaches more than 50 meters. The port has a 142 m x 25 m multipurpose dock and a 40 m x 20 m general cargo warehouse. The port is also equipped with two multipurpose fields covering an area of 5,900 m2 and 4,490 m2. Meanwhile, around the port, an eight-meter wide road has been built for trailer trucks to enter and exit. However, the road is not connected yet to the Depapre-Sentani Road, which is the responsibility of the Papua Province.
In addition to unload the containers containing basic commodities, the Lognus 2 ship also loaded one container of Robhong Holo bottled drinking water (AMDK) produced by PDAM Jayapura. This mineral water will be marketed to Merauke Regency and other cities where this ship drops anchor, namely Biak, Fakfak, and Sorong. The ship also loaded chipping stones which were sent to Merauke.
Now, the Port of Depapre seemingly will no longer be only harbored by KM Logistik Nusantara 2. But since last December 4, the port located in Tanah Merah Bay, Jayapura, will have regularly received “guests”, namely KM Sabuk Nusantara (Sanus) 100. The presence of KM Sanus 100 is a follow-up to the approval of the Ministry of Transportation on the proposal of PT PELNI (Persero) for the deviation (read: additional routes) for the Sanus 100 ship, namely before docking at Yos Sudarso Port, Jayapura City, stopping first at the Depapre Port.
The Minister of Transportation explained that currently efforts need to be made to increase the return charge from east to west. Papua has a lot of potential for commodities ranging from fish, seaweed, wood, and so on. If this is attempted, it will provide economic benefits for the Papuan people and can also optimize the performance of marine toll vessels because there are no empty cargoes.
The Minister of Transportation said that Jayapura Regency as the center of development in Papua is currently in the national and world attention. This is marked by the construction of a number of infrastructures, such as the magnificent and international standard Lukas Enembe Stadium, as well as Sentani Airport in Jayapura which has been developed into an international airport.
The Ministry of Transportation began to build Depapre Ports both on the land and sea sides in 2015-2020, with a total investment of about IDR 175 billion using the State Budget. Land acquisition has been carried out gradually since 2007-2013 with a land area of 24.83 hectares of the total 74 hectares of land required. Reclamation work has also been carried out with an area of about 15.67 hectares.
In accordance with the National Port Master Plan, this port will continue to be developed, among others, by building the Sentani Depapre road as an access road to the port. The Depapre Port has a strategic location, which is in Tanah Merah Bay facing directly to the Pacific Ocean which can be a gateway for international trade, especially in the Asia Pacific region.
The interesting stuff about the Depapre Container Port is that it is managed by Tabi’s customary children. Not under the management of the BUMN PT Pelindo – like most of ports – the Port of Depapre is managed by the Regional Subsidiary Port Business Entity of Jayapura Regency. Likewise, loading and unloading crews are workers from the area around the port.
To organize logistics loading and unloading activities at the Depapre Port, Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw recalled the Director of PT Maritel Group Agustinus Nyaro. PT Maritel Group is known as a well-known logistics company with 33 branches from Batam to Merauke and headquartered in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. Agus is a native of the Moy Valley, Maribu District, Jayapura Regency.
According to Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw, the Depapre Container Port is a manifestation of the spirit of returning to traditional villages. The indigenous children must appear to manage opportunities for the sake of developing their own region.
For Mathius, Depapre Port under any conditions must run. Regarding the shortages, these will be corrected along the way. It includes the provision of a number of port facilities and repairs to the Sentani-Depapre road and bridge. Depapre Port is a part of the T-19 Sea Toll route.