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Monday, 8 April 2024

PT Persero/BP Batam has achieved a significant milestone with the commencement of operations of the container ship SITC Hakata, facilitating direct voyages between China and Batam. Weighing 18 thousand tons and boasting a capacity of 1,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit), the vessel docks at Batu Ampar Port, Batam, marking a pivotal advancement in port modernization efforts.

This breakthrough fundamentally differs from previous shipping routes as it eliminates the need for container shipments to transit through Singapore, resulting in a substantial reduction of logistics costs, estimated at up to USD 600 per TEU. By bypassing the intermediate stop in Singapore, Batam enhances its competitiveness as a maritime logistics hub and reduces dependency on Singaporean infrastructure for shipping operations.

The positive ramifications of this development are manifold. Firstly, it significantly enhances the efficiency of container shipping operations, streamlining the logistics chain and reducing transit times for goods. Secondly, it translates into tangible cost savings for exporters, enabling them to remain competitive in the global market. Furthermore, the establishment of direct shipping routes solidifies Batam's position as a pivotal regional logistics center, attracting more investment and fostering economic growth in the region.

This achievement also highlights Batam's strategic vision as a Free Trade Zone and Free Port Area (KPBPB), emphasizing its commitment to facilitating international trade and commerce. Moreover, it exemplifies successful collaboration between PT Persero/BP Batam as regulatory authorities and the private sector in driving forward the development of port infrastructure, laying the foundation for future growth and prosperity.



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