DP World takes over operations at Belawan New Container Terminal

The strategic partnership between the Indonesia Investment Authority (INA), the Indonesian state-owned port operator Pelindo and DP World will create Indonesia’s most direct connection to the Malacca Straits, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, Arif Suhartono, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Persero), and Ridha Wirakusumah, CEO of Indonesia Investment Authority, signed the agreement.

The agreement aims to increase BNCT’s capacity from the current 600,000 TEUs to 1.4 million TEUs. BNCT will also aim to attract more direct calls, thereby reducing North Sumatra’s dependence on regional hub ports for access to regional and global markets.

The Strait of Malacca region is served by three major hubs – Singapore, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Port Klang, which transport cargo to smaller ports throughout Southeast Asia such as Belawan in Indonesia.

The BNCT currently serves as a local hub for the neighboring provinces in Sumatra and the expansion and modernization program aims to strengthen its position as a major trade and logistics hub in the Malacca Straits.

Indonesian Minister of State Enterprises Erick Thohir stated: “As directed by President Joko Widodo, there is always a strategic value for equity and acceleration of economic growth in the regions and at the national level through port development, including this new container terminal in the port.” of Belawan, which is believed to help downstream markets maximize exports in new ways and also boost the economy in North Sumatra, which continues to grow. This is in line with the goals of terminal port development, which will strengthen the national port industry ecosystem as well as the competitiveness of Indonesian ports as strategic trade routes in Southeast Asia and internationally.”

“We are proud to support Indonesia in the expansion of the new Belawan container terminal and to support its ambitions to develop Sumatra’s economy through infrastructure.” enable trade flow between Indonesia and the world,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.

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