Jakarta: The development of Benoa seaport entered new phase after state port operator Pelindo III took over the project.
According to the latest plan, half of the port area will become an urban forest, while the other half will be used for energy terminal, fishery industry and wastewater management installation.
Pelindo III Executive Director Doso Agung said fishery industry at Benoa seaport will be the biggest in Indonesia.
He hopes the fishery industry can be fully utilized by local fishermen.
As a result, Bali can increase its tuna exportation.
“If the tuna is fresh, it can be exported through Ngurah Rai International Airport, while if it is frozen, it can be exported through Benoa Seaport.” Doso said in a written statement released on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
If the project is completed, Benoa seaport is expected to boost local tourism sector. The port will be able to accomodate large cruise ships. Locals can also provide logistics to visiting cruise ships.
"Currently, these cruise ships cannot enter the port. Tourists have to use small boats to enjoy the beauty of Bali. It can stop them from leaving their cruise ship," he said.
One of the advantages sea-based tourism offers compared to air-based tourism is the big capacity that a cruise ship has. If a plane only has a capacity of 200 to 300 passengers, then a cruise ship has a capacity of up to 2.000 to even 3.000 passengers.
“Just imagine, ships transport around 2.000 tourists and 1.500 crew people on average. Currently, they fulfill their needs from abroad, mainly from Singapore. From meat, vegetables, fruits to clean water, all of these are supplied from Singapore," he said. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)