Indonesia’s archaic seaports are groaning under the strain of an explosion in international trade. President Director of the Indonesia Port Corporation II, Richard Joost Lino, offers a first-hand account of why this is all about to change.
On February 4th, 2012 a vast cargo ship called the “Diadema” entered Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta, the busiest harbour in Indonesia. This Maersk Line mega ship, carrying 4,500 standardsize containers, brought with it a bold new era in Indonesia’s maritime development.
This was an especially proud moment for me because it marked the successful completion of many years of hard work and development and gave me a satisfying glimpse into the tremendous expansion and progress that Indonesian ports are going to undergo over the next decade and beyond.
My name is R. J. Lino and, as the President Director of the Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC), a state-owned company responsible for 12 seaports across 10 provinces, please allow me to share my vision of why Indonesian ports are key to the efficacy of this country’s logistics chain. The aforementioned event is merely the beginning of what IPC intends to achieve in supporting Indonesia and its trading partners’ ambitions to grow and improve their business interests.