The entry of KM Sabuk Nusantara (Sanus) 100 to the Port of Depapre, Jayapura Regency is an effort to break the isolation in Papua. This is the second large ship to dock at Depapre after KM Lognus 2. As reported by, the Port of Depapre, Jayapura Regency, Papua will no longer be berthed in only by KM Logistik Nusantara 2. But since last December 4, the port located in Tanah Merah Bay, Jayapura will regularly receive a “guest”, namely KM Sabuk Nusantara (Sanus) 100.

The presence of KM Sanus 100 is a follow-up to the approval of the Ministry of Transportation on the proposal of PT PELNI (Persero) for the deviation (read: additional routes) of the Sanus 100 ship, which is to stop first at Depapre Port, Jayapura Regency before docking at Yos Sudarso Port, Jayapura City.

During the launching of KM Sanus 100, the Head of the Jayapura Port Authority and Harbormaster Office (KSOP), Captain Roni Fahma, said that the pioneer sea transportation was aimed at linking up connectivity to disadvantaged, remote, outermost and border areas (3TP) and suppressing price disparities in those areas which are accessed by the multimodal transportation.

The Sabuk Nusantara 100 has been officially launched by the shipyard PT Adiluhung Saranasegara Indonesia since September 2017. The 1,200 GT ship was built to serve the 100th pioneer transportation in the territory of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. By becoming a link in the sea transportation mode chain in the sea toll program, as stated in the Nawacita of the Government of President Joko Widodo, this ship operates in Eastern Indonesia, particularly in the waters of Papua.

The KM Sabuk Nusantara 100 ship or also commonly called the Sanus 100 ship serves shipping from the Port of Jayapura (city)-Depapre-Sarmi, then to Teba, and also stops at Kurud, Waren, to Serui-Ansus-Wooi-Miosnum-Poom, and finally Biak. According to the plan, the Jayapura-Biak-Jayapura trip will take 10 days. It will transport 353 passengers from Jayapura with Biak as destination.

In addition to passengers, this ship also contains basic necessities. The Sabuk Nusantara 100 ship, apart from having an important role as a passenger ship, will also serve as a cargo ship that will transport basic necessities and vehicles to and from its coverage areas.

Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw said that the implementation of the sea toll program, which is followed by the implementation of the pioneer sea transportation, was a logistical support for distribution as well as an effort to reduce price disparities between the western and eastern regions. It is known that Depapre Port is one of the ports in Papua that can directly have access to several areas in mountainous regions.

“This program is a combination of a sea thoroughfare, where passengers and goods in the form of basic commodities and logistics are brought from several remote, underdeveloped, and coastal areas by boat and sent to Jayapura Regency and its surroundings,” Regent Mathius said in his speech.

The Head of the Sea Transportation Traffic and Port Business Section of KSOP Jayapura, Willem Thobias Fofid, added that with the presence of this pioneer and multimodal transportation, basic materials and logistics carried by sea highways become more focused, because with the synergy of pioneer land transportation and air bridges, goods can directly be distributed to the public.

It is hoped that the price of goods will be cheaper than before.

“The presence of a multimodal connectivity is President Jokowi’s breakthrough in realizing impartiality in development through price indicators of national goods in the central highlands of Papua, regardless of distance and access problems in accordance to the region’s characteristics,” Laus DC Rumayom said, Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office.

It should be noted that the Depapre Port is a series of Jayapura-Manokwari-Merauke sea toll ports. Since January 27, 2021, the Depapre Container Port has been initially utilized to berthed ships weighing 3,901 DWT for loading and unloading. The big ship is KM Logistik Nusantara 2 with a capacity of 149.00 Teus. The KM Lognus 2 only serves major ports along the Depapre (Jayapura Regency)-Sorong-Manowari-Fakfak-Merauke route.

The Depapre Container Port is designed to be visited by large ships. The depth of the beach is more than 50 meters. The port has a multipurpose dock of 142 m x25 m and a general cargo warehouse of 40 m x20 m.

The port is also equipped with two multipurpose fields covering an area of 5,900 m2 and 4,490 m2. Meanwhile, around the port, an eight-meter wide road has been built for trailer trucks to enter and exit.

The Depapre port was built by the local government. Meanwhile, the management is carried out by the Jayapura Regency Regional Company. The workers are prioritized from the local community.

So far, the Nusantara 2 Logistics Ship, in addition to lowering containers containing basic commodities in the form of rice and others from Merauke, also reloads Robhong Holo bottled drinking water products produced by PDAM Jayapura. This mineral water will be marketed to Merauke Regency and other cities such as Biak, Fakfak, and Sorong. It also contains building materials in the form of chipping stones which are sent to Merauke.

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