20 - 21 March 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, Australia

Report: $500 Billion Tanjung Priok Port Expansion

Indonesia Port Corporation


According to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI), Australia’s trade balance is 5 times the amount it was a mere 20 years ago, with nearly $500 billion worth of goods exported and imported through Australian coastal ports.    

Along with the huge increase in both quantity and capacity of cruise ships, Australia has also seen a 35% increase in its high-capacity fleets since the 1990s.

To remain competitive, we must plan, design, manage and maintain our coastal assets more creatively and proactively to meet future demands and drive profitability.

Ahead of Coasts and Marine Structures 2017, we chat with David Wignall, Senior Vice President at the Indonesia Port Corporation. David discusses IPC’s multi-billion dollar port development project – the largest in Indonesia’s history, and looks at how IPC is working to future-proof their investment. 

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Expanding to Meet Capacity &Demand

“I've been involved in the development of ports and coastal structures for the last 30 years,” says David. “I’m a structural engineer and a civil engineer by background, but I spent most of my time actually managing ports and harbours and working with port consultancies.  At the moment I'm working with Indonesia Port Corporation acting as their senior Vice President

The largest ever port development in Indonesia, the $4billion expansion of the port of Tanjung Priok involves a major off shore reclamation, about 30 million cubic metres of dredging and an access toll road about eight kilometres long. IPC is also looking at developing 30 smaller ports across eastern Indonesia. IPC will be responsible for developing and engineering all the associated dredging and coastal structures.

Tanjung Priok is the busiest and most advanced port in Indonesia, handling more than 50% of Indonesia's container traffic. The port is among the least efficient in all Southeast Asia  in terms of general cargo productivity. It also lags in terms of container productivity, but things are changing quickly.

“Tanjung Priok, its a relatively old port, with the oldest parts over 130 years old. Even the container facilities are limited,with most only able to accept 3,500, to 4,000 capacity container ships per year,” notes David. He continues; “the pressure on the backup areas has been tremendous with dwell time of 10 and 11 days, so there was a desperate need for expansion and the improvement of port capabilities.

The only viable site to complete the expansion in any reasonable time frame was to go offshore from the existing port. So that led to the development of New Priok outside the existing port of Tanjung Priok.”  

The two-phase New Priok project, of which the first terminal, a 1.5 million TEU container terminal, a deck on pile structure suspended over the harbour on 15,000 piles, was completed last year. The new terminal can handle the world’s largest container ships, which is revolutionary for Indonesia. When fully operational in 2023 the three new terminals will more than double the existing annual port capacity. 

Download the full article to learn more about:

1. Expanding to Meet Capacity & Demand

2. Design Innovation & SocialConsiderations

3. Planning for Future Capacity

 To learn more about Coast and Marine Structures 2017 download the full agenda. David will be joined by over 15 local and international industry experts who will share insights and explore industry best practice.