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Indonesia’s North Sumatra port starts global container shipment

Indonesia’s Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra has made its first trade in the global container shipping market on Saturday, as the port seeks to tap on the busy seaborne trade in the Malacca Strait.

The container shipped to Malaysia’s Port Klang on Saturday was the first of weekly shipments, according to PT Prima Multi Terminal which manages the Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT), the Jakarta Post reported.

“This is a milestone for Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal, after our success in domestic loading and unloading. We are branching out into commercial international shipping,” Robert MP Sinaga, director of Prima Multi Terminal director, told the local media.

Meanwhile, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic did not stop Kuala Tanjung Port from moving ahead with the start of container shipment.

Robert said the company has taken precautionary measures by providing personal protective gear for crew, and collaborated with local authorities and customs to monitor the health of crew and clean the ships.

Kuala Tanjung Port has replaced Belawan as the main trading port in North Sumatra on the back of the growing manufacturing sector in Sumatra.

Dhiny Afriyanti, president director of PT Forecastle Indonesia, was reported saying that the shipping firm is planning a weekly trip to Kuala Tanjung Port as the port is considered a suitable international container export hub due to its location around the Malacca Strait.

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