27 percent of the construction of Makassar’s New Port (MNP) have been completed, Susantono, a director of the state owned port operator Pelindo IV, said on May 22, 2016. This progress exceeded prediction of 25 percent completion set when the project was commissioned a year ago.
According to Santono so far IDR 48 billion has been spent on the project. The first phase of the construction, which is to be completed in 2018, is estimated to cost IDR 326 billion, while for the second phase the total costs of IDR 1.8 trillion are expected.
A survey from 1998, which has been the basis for the implementation of the project, showed that the Makassar port would have a designed capacity to accommodate 400.000 TEUS of goods. Nevertheless, by 2015 the capacity already reached 560.000 TEUs and is expected to expand even further to 600.000 TEUS in 2016-2017.
Looking at the developments, the construction of Makassar’s New Port comes just in time as it will be an integrated port with larger accommodating capacity and facilities to connect it with toll road and Trans-Sulawesi railway station.
The MNP Project is part of the Indonesian Government’s plans to improve the country’s maritime infrastructure and install a sea toll program.