Vincent Hinssen | January 09 2012 14:49 | 0 comments
Main findings and conclusions of the research into the hinterland congestion of the Port of Tanjung Priok.
In the final weeks of my internship for NEA my main goal was to compress the report that I had written during my research. Due to the fact that Rene Meeuws had build up a network in Indonesia over the past decade I had abundant resources to provide me with information on the situation within the hinterland of the port of Tanjung Priok. In order ensure a good readability of my final report it is crucial that I would choose an appropriate structure.
Prior to the start if my research I had designed a research model on which I based the eventual structure of my final report as well. I intended to start with a data collection using study’s, interviews, books and other data sources as the primer resources to make an analysis of the current utilization of the hinterland. An identical method was used to collect information on possible alternatives/solutions that could somehow relief the pressure on the hinterland or the port of Tanjung Priok itself. The impact and projected results of these possible alternatives projected on the hinterland of Tanjung Priok were then to be evaluated in order to come to final recommendations how to tackle the hinterland congestion in the port of Tanjung Priok.
Initially the final report consisted of well over 120 pages which was obviously too much to enable the reader to get to the core of the issues described in the report. Therefore I took significant effort to downsize the text of the report and make sure that the reader could catch my main findings and conclusions on all segments of the research easily. The initial chapter was used to draw up an overview of the background and developments of the hinterland of Tanjung Priok. Further chapters were used to project the current situation, possible alternatives, effects of these alternatives and eventually the recommendation for each mode of transport. Besides the modes of transport and the general background on the hinterland chapters were dedicated economic and industrial developments, the port of Tanjung Priok itself, dry ports and the case study that was conducted.
In a nutshell the my eventual conclusion into the hinterland congestion of the port of Tanjung Priok is that it is paramount to elevate the connectivity and improve the operations of the railways, Develop the port of Cirebon to enable a short sea shipping connection with Tanjung Priok using midstream operations in front of the port of Tanjung Priok. And optimize the utilization of the road infrastructure by a number of measurements that include the introduction of dedicated lanes on particular connections, elevate public transportation and improve its reliability and accessibility. Besides developing the modes of transport it is crucial that the port of Tanjung Priok itself will take action on both long and short terms by for example extending the working hours of customs to synchronize the 24/7 policy over the parties in the chain, developing dry ports as extended gates, Northern Kalibaru expansion and realization of the green field port of Cilamaya with the development of its hinterland. It is clear that in order to safeguard economical growth in Indonesia it is crucial to take immediate action to improve the hinterland of Tanjung Priok as Indonesia as the world largest archipelago is depending heavily on its maritime based logistics concept.
This internship has been one of the most exiting adventures of my life; I’ve had the fortune to cooperate with experts in the field of logistics and transportation. These experiences have shown me the direction in which I would like to go. Therefore besides all the people in Indonesia and within the Netherlands that helped me throughout my research I would like to use this occasion to express my gratitude to NEDECO who has made all of this possible!
Thank you! Vincent Hinssen