Benoa Port Expansion Runs Aground

DENPASAR

The Benoa port authority’s efforts to expand the area available for tourism and port services have come to a halt because it cannot get the agreement of a number of local institutions for the work that needs to be done.

General manager of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) Bambang Priyanto said dredging in the area of the passenger terminal and greening of the port area continued but essential expansion work could not go ahead without local agreement.

The hold-up is in the northern area of the port concession.

“We plan to use the reclamation area to establish a marina for tourism purposes. This location is considered very strategic for Bali tourism due to its proximity to Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua,” Priyanto said.

Environmental planting and a clean-up of the entire port area is also going ahead.

These projects include contributions by Denpasar’s municipal government and several public organisations, including the Movement to Return to the Village, which has 15,000 trees – coastal pines, suited to the maritime microclimate and growing conditions – ready for planting.

The results of these efforts are providing concrete outcomes for the national port operator, with Benoa widely acknowledged as the cleanest port on its books.

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