West Nusa Tenggara kicks off construction of cruise ship terminal. State-owned seaport operator PT Pelindo III kicked off on Thursday the construction of the Gili Mas Terminal at Lembar Seaport, West Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara to facilitate the arrivals of large cruise ships that can carry up to 4,000 passengers.
The terminal can also function as container terminal.
Pelindo III CEO Ari Askhara said that with the construction of the terminal there would be an increase in arrivals of larger ships, which would boost the province’s economic growth.
“The Gili Mas Terminal is an expansion of the Lembar Seaport and is intended to facilitate the increase of economic activity in West Nusa Tenggara. It will also function as another main gate for foreign tourists visiting the province,” Ari said while leading the groundbreaking ceremony for the terminal’s construction.
The construction of the 440 meter by 26 meter multi-purpose terminal, built with a total investment of Rp 1.3 trillion (US$90.35 million), is expected to be completed by the middle of 2019.
Ari explained the terminal would be able to accommodate a 400-meter long cruise ship with a capacity of 4,000 passengers or two cruise ships with a capacity of 1,500 passengers each.
Meanwhile, the container terminal was designed to accommodate 200,000 to 300,000 containers, he added.
Ari said that Indonesia needed to encourage the arrivals of wealthy tourists who enjoy luxury cruises as according to a survey by Bank Indonesia such tourists spend an average of $125.93 per day.
Ari believed the construction of the terminal would be a further boost for tourism in the province after the opening of the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, which is focused on the development of tourism infrastructure. West Nusa Tenggara kicks off construction of cruise ship terminal (bbn, Panca Nugraha, The Jakarta Post)