ASDP Eyes the Logistics Business Potential at IKN, Here's the Strategy

JAKARTA - PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) stated its readiness to contribute to the development of the Archipelago's National Capital (IKN) in East Kalimantan. A number of opportunities have been identified by this state-owned crossing transportation company. Main Director of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Ira Puspadewi sees the potential for ASDP to develop ferry transportation, both logistics and passenger connectivity at IKN Nusantara.

"We see that there is a large potential role for ASDP to be able to contribute to IKN Nusantara," said Ira in the company's official statement, Thursday (24/8/2023).

According to Ira, ASDP can take a role in logistics transportation from potential long-distance routes such as from Jakarta, Surabaya or Makassar at the start of IKN development. In the future, apart from long-distance routes, ASDP also sees opportunities to serve short-distance crossing routes.

Ira said, currently ASDP already has experience serving long-distance routes such as Patimban-Banjarmasin, Patimban-Pontianak, Patimban-Makassar, Surabaya-Lembar, Surabaya-Labuan Bajo, and most recently Situbondo-Lembar.

"Moreover, currently IKN is being built, we can provide input," said Ira.

Corporate Secretary of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Shelvy Arifin said that the existence of long distance ferry (LDF) routes has been proven to increase logistics efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and pollution, and reduce congestion.

He gave an example, on the Surabaya-Lembar or Situbondo-Lembar routes, trucks laden with goods no longer need to go through Bali Island. This has an impact on reducing the burden of pollution and congestion on the Island of the Gods.

Meanwhile, General Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Balikpapan Branch Cristoper Samosir added that ASDP will carry out improvements to Penajam Port, North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan, in order to improve services while welcoming IKN Nusantara.

He explained that Penajam Port would be the gateway to the capital of the new country of Indonesia. A number of improvements include adding access to the entrance and exit roads to Penajam Port to facilitate loading and unloading of vehicles and passengers at the port.

Cristoper explained that Penajam Port currently has a capacity of 80 four-wheeled vehicles and 350 two-wheeled vehicles and has also implemented electronic ticket purchases. A number of facilities available at Penajam Harbor include two piers, a ticket purchase counter for four-wheeled vehicles and two-wheeled vehicles, as well as non-cash card charging

Penajam Port operates 13 ferries with an average of 90-94 sailing trips per day. The average number of ship passengers is 44 people per day and the number of two-wheeled, four-wheeled and large vehicles reaches 836 units per day.

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