The Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) requested to be involved in the Cikarang Bekasi Laut (CBL) canal project which is currently under review and licensing process.
JAKARTA (infolog): INSA Vice Chairman Witono Suprapto said INSA’s involvement to participate in the review and discussion so that CBL canal development theory and operating practices can be synchronized and run optimally.
INSA’s involvement also concerns the safety and security aspects of the shipping lanes that are the focus of INSA in providing input on the utilization planning of the Cikarang Bekasi Laut canal.
Witono said the speed and volume of barges became an important thing in doing logistic efficiency on the CBL channel, as reported by Bisnis.com.
“Optimizing CBL channel can be done by operating a 300 feet barge which has a length of 80-95 meters and a width of 24.5 meters,” he said recently.
With the specification of such vessels, said Witono, the CBL channel shipping channel must have a depth of 6 meters with a width of 100 meters canal if there is a ship meeting on the same channel location.
In addition, he proposed that there should be a turning basin that is twice the length of the barge for the facility of the ship’s rotation.
“The safety and security aspects of the shipping channel on the CBL channel are a very important study,” he said.
On the other hand, he appreciated the existence of the CBL plan as an alternative to river-based / inland waterways modes to reduce the density on the highway to Tanjung Priok Port.
Currently, 90% of logisitic transportation in Indonesia is still using a highway-based mode resulting in high traffic congestion levels and uncertainty of delivery of goods resulting in an increase in logistics costs.
“Benefit of CBL is reduced road load, reduced density, reduced risk of goods delays, logistic efficiency, and environmentally friendly,” said Witono.
The CBL channel project, which will be included in the National Strategic Project (PSN), will be built by PT Pelindo II operators this year with a total budget of Rp3.4 trillion. (ac)