PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III through its subsidiary company, PT Pelindo Marine Service (PMS), established a joint company with Rotterdam’s Van Oord DMC BV (17/1). The joint company, PT Alur Pelayaran Barat Surabaya (APBS), will develop and manage a special channel in Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya.
The Side Letter, Joint Venture and Shareholders’ Agreement between the two companies were signed by the President Director of PT Pelindo III, Mr. Djarwo Surjanto, the President Director of PT PMS, Mr. Chairoel Anwar, and Member of Van Oord DMC BV’s Board of Executive, Mr. Neils de Bruijn. The signing ceremony took place in the Indonesian Embassy and witnessed by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mrs. Retno L.P. Marsudi, and the Secretary General of the Dutch’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Mr. Siebe Riedstra.
During the ceremony, the Director General for Foreign Economic Relations of the Dutch’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Smits, Director for Port and Dredging of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Adolf F. Tambunan and the CEO of Van Oord DMC BV, Mr. Pieter van Oord were also present.
In his remarks, Mr. Djarwo Surjanto stressed that the PT APBS will significantly support Tanjung Perak Port as the economic gateway for Eastern Java and the Eastern Indonesian region. PT APBS’ presence is expected to help spur the annual economic growth in the Eastern Java Province to 7-8% in 2014.
Meanwhile, Mr. Pieter van Oord conveyed that his company has a long history with Surabaya through Tanjung Perak Port development in 1911-1925. Van Oord DMC BV will continue to develop and consolidate its business in Indonesia.
Ambassador Retno Marsudi in her remarks welcomed the signing of the agreement between PT Pelindo III, PT PMS and Van Oord DMC BV as an important and concrete step in cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands in the field of infrastructure.
The Ambassador conveyed that bilateral relation between the two countries is excellent at the moment. The visit of the Dutch’s Prime Minister to Indonesia and the launching of the Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership have opened a new chapter in the bilateral relations.
The task for the Governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands is then to pave the way for better cooperation among the private sector. Thus it will contribute to the attainment of special relation between Indonesia and the Netherlands (special relations 2.0).
Sixty percent of PT APBS shares will be owned by PT PMS while Van Oord DMC BV owns the other fourty percent. PT APBS is scheduled to start its operation in 2014 and complement two other on-going mega projects under PT Pelindo III in Eastern Java, the Teluk Lamong Cargo Terminal and the Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate in Manyar.
These projects will become parts of the Indonesian National Connectivity network as projected in the Master Plan for Indonesian Economic Acceleration and Expansion in the Java Economic Corridor as well as the National Logistic System. (Source: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Den Haag)