RESIDENTS IN REMOTE AREAS OF WEST PAPUA CAN NOW TAKE PIONEER SHIPS
To reach remote areas in Indonesia, the government seeks to optimize the implementation of public service obligations for sea transportation pioneer ships in the eastern part of Indonesia. One of them is at Karas Port – Fakfak Regency, West Papua which officially has an operating permit on February 24, 2022.
Quoting finance.detik.com, the Ministry of Transportation, specifically the Directorate General for Sea Transportation, revealed that the port in Karas District is used for pioneer ships such as the KM. Sabuk Nusantara, which aims to support the smooth flow of passengers and goods entering and leaving Karas to ports in Papua and West Papua.
Acting (Plt) Director General for Sea Transportation, Capt. Mugen S. Sartoto mentioned that KM. Sabuk Nusantara 98 became the first ship to dock at Karas Harbor on Wednesday (16/3). “This inaugural berthing attracted a lot of attention from local residents. The procession was carried out by the ladies in Karas to take the group to Karas Pier as a form of appreciation for the construction of the Karas Port,” he said, Thursday (17/3/2022).
This inaugural docking procession was also attended by the Deputy Regent and Regional Secretary of Fakfak Regency, the Head of the District and his staff and was enlivened by local residents who were enthusiastic about the presence of Pioneer Ship services in their area.
Head of the Fakfak Class IV Port Authority and Port Authority Office, Faisal Fattah, said that the procession of the initial berthing of pioneer ship KM. Sabuk Nusantara 98 began with the draping of the captain of KM.
Sabuk Nusantara 98, Abas Siraju. “We have not overlooked to thank the Regent of Fakfak Untung Tamsil, the Deputy Regent Yohana Dina Hindom, the Head of the West Papua High Prosecutor’s Office, the Head of the Fakfak District Prosecutor’s Office, in terms of assistance, and related parties so that the construction of the Karas Port is completed on time and can be utilized today,” Faisal said.
Faisal hopes that the existence of this port can provide many benefits for residents in Fakfak Regency, especially in Karas so that it can support the economy.
“Let’s take care of Karas Port together and use it together, work together, make the best use of it for the sake of boosting the economy in Karas,” he said.
The Deputy Regent of Fakfak, Yohana Dina Hindom, who in this case represented the Regent of Fakfak in his speech, expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Transportation, in particular the Directorate General for Sea Transportation, through the Head of the Port Authority Office and Class IV Fakfak Port Authority for the initial berthing of KM. Sabuk Nusantara 98 at Karas Harbor.
“With the opening of this access, it can certainly make it easier for people in the Karas District to enjoy the port facility as a place of activity to improve the community’s economy to a better direction,” she said.
As information, the technical specifications for the Karas Seaport are: pier with a size of 80 x 10 M, trestle 23 x 6 M, depth of -6 m LWS with a maximum ship docking weight of 1,000 dead weight tonnage (DWT). Therefore, it is more designed for pioneer ships.
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