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JAKARTA, THE NUSANTARA POST – The President Director of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero), Ira Puspadewi, stated that the company is ready to contribute to the development of the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) in East Kalimantan. She sees potential for ASDP to develop both logistics and passenger connectivity ferry services in Nusantara Capital City. “We see a significant potential role for ASDP to contribute to Nusantara Capital City,” said Ira in a written statement (August 25, 2023).
Ira continued that at the beginning of IKN’s development, ASDP could play a role in transporting logistics on potential long-distance routes such as from Jakarta, Surabaya, or Makassar. In the future, they will also cover shorter routes.
She added that ASDP currently has experience serving long-distance routes such as Patimban-Banjarmasin, Patimban-Pontianak, Patimban-Makassar, Surabaya-Lembar, Surabaya-Labuan Bajo, and the latest one, Situbondo-Lembar.
“Moreover, with IKN currently being built, we can provide input,” Ira said.
Meanwhile, the Corporate Secretary of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero), Shelvy Arifin, stated that the existence of ASDP’s long-distance ferry (LDF) routes has proven to increase logistical efficiency, reduce fuel consumption as well as pollution, and alleviate congestion.
“For instance, the Surabaya-Lembar or Situbondo-Lembar route, trucks carrying goods no longer need to pass through Bali Island, thus not adding to pollution and congestion on the Island of the Gods,” explained Shelvy.
On the other hand, the General Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Balikpapan Branch, Cristoper Samosir, added that ASDP will be improving the Penajam Port in Penajam Paser Utara Regency, East Kalimantan. This is done to enhance services and anticipate the Nusantara Capital City.
The Penajam Port is said to become the gateway to Indonesia’s new capital city. Therefore, there will be several improvements, including the addition of entry and exit routes for smoother vehicle and passenger loading and unloading activities at the port.
Penajam Port, which has a capacity of accommodating 80 four-wheeled vehicles and 350 two-wheeled vehicles, has also implemented electronic ticketing. Among the facilities available at Penajam Port are two piers, ticket counters for four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles, and non-cash card reloading.
For your information, Penajam Port operates 13 ferry vessels with an average of 90-94 voyages per day. The average number of passengers per day is around 44, and the total number of two-wheeled, four-wheeled, and large vehicles reaches 836 units per day (TNP)