JoSS, CILACAP, CENTRAL JAVA – Cilacap natural port located on the south east of Central Java has launched its first ever oceanic transportation service – also known in indonesian terms as “ocean tolls” – to empower the inter-province commerce which currently relies heavily on the land transportation mode. It is the first step in providing the transportation service needed for Cilacap-Banyuwangi route by using a fleet of harbinger ships.
With the launching itself, it is expected to reduce the logistics cost to be more efficient than using the land transportation mode. “This is a pilot project which is expected to grow better in the future.” said Heru Sudjatmoko, Central Java’s governor’s temporary replacement, during the first ship’s (Route R-106) launching at Wijayapura pier of Pelabuhan III inc. in Cilacap, Wednesday (8/5).
The project is actually a history challenging project due to several myths covering the southern sea. This psychological and paranormal activity issues have been the major obstacles in developing Cilacap Port.
Fortunately, currently, some activities from local fishermen in the Indian Ocean, south of Central Java, have been reported along with the spread of fish auction market in southern areas such as Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo, Bantul, Wonogiri, and Pacitan. Thus, now, the route to the west, heading towards regions such as Pangandaran, Ratu Port, and Banten, can also be discussed further following the success of the eastern route.
“The service is considered to be more effective and efficient in transporting huge number of goods. Furthermore, the opportunity to transport passengers can now also be considered “open for discussion” .“ stated Heru Sudjatmoko.
He also revealed that 4.400 tonne capacity Bintang Utama cargo ship is able to travel from Wijayapura Pier in Cilacap to Banyuwangi in only 49 hours. This has shown a remarkable effectiveness compared to the 60 hour land transport using container truck. For its first trip, the ship delivered 1.000 tonnes of locally produced cement from Cilacap.
In the future, Heru expects that businessmen or SMEs along Central Java’s south coast can also consider this means of transportation to deliver their products or materials needed as a way to provide them with more efficient and cost cutting solution.
Heru, also former regional leader of Purbalingga Regency, hopes that this facility can also be implemented along the north coast of Central Java, especially for short route, such as Tegal, Pekalongan, Kendal, Juwana Port, Pati and Rembang to support the inter-island business relationship in those regions. Currently, there are numerous products originated from the north coast regions have been marketed all the way to NTT, Ambon, Papua and Sulawesi.
The Director of Oceanic Traffic and Transportation from the General Directory of Oceanic Communication, Candra Irawan attending the launching stated that the project was designed to improve the ocean transportation service for both passengers and goods to all regions in the country.
Also, he revealed that the project consists of three stages in terms of shipping routes; Cilacap – Banyuwangi – Celukan Bawang, Cilacap – Pangandaran – Ratu Port, and Cilacap – Kulon Progo – Pacitan – Prigi/Trenggalek – Banyuwangi – Celukan Bawang. In order to build the last route, more ships are required using the crossing system to provide more effective amd efficient service. (jatengrov.go.id/nto/wo)