Sea Highway Focuses on a Rice Distribution of Merauke to Papua – The channel of T-19 Sea Toll Road is claimed to be more efficient in transporting rice supplies, since the route is no longer to the Java region, but specifically only in Papua – West Papua. Head of KSOP Class II Jayapura Taher Laitupa said on the 6th voyage of KM Logistik Nusantara 2 transported 56 containers of rice from Merauke after previously on the 5th voyage carrying 19 containers of superior commodities. The payload of 6th voyage is the largest during the existence of the Sea Highway with the T-19 Route.

“In this 6th voyage, the Sea Toll mode of T-19 route will transport 56 containers containing the superior commodity of rice from Merauke Regency,” he said in a press release, Monday (14/6/2021).

He then explained that since the existence of the T-19 route, the flow of logistics distribution, especially rice to all regions in Papua and West Papua, has become more efficient. The reason is that the route is no longer to the Java region, but specifically only in Papua – West Papua.

As for the T-19 route, coming from Merauke, the route includes Merauke – Kokas – Sorong – Korido – Depapre (Jayapura) – Sorong – Merauke and is served by a ship of the KM Logistik Nusantara 2 which began operating earlier this year. “Of the 56 containers of rice, 24 containers of rice were sent to Jayapura Regency via the Depapre Port and arrived on June 9, 2021,” he added.

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He explained that the sea highway service for the T-19 route has increased every voyage and on this 6th voyage the increasing is very significant. A total of 56 containers containing the main commodity of Merauke Regency, namely rice are transported and distributed to the Papua and West Papua regions, one of which is to the Depapre Port for distribution to Jayapura Regency.

The Depapre Port is a supporter for logistics distribution channels in the hinterland area including 14 districts in Papua Province. Head of Sea Transportation Traffic Section, Willem Thobias Fofid, revealed that this significant increase of this T-19 Sea Toll Road is the result of cooperation and synergy between the Merauke Regency and Jayapura Regency Governments, the ALFI/ILFA Transportation Management Service Association and a form of concern from local entrepreneurs as Shipper and Consignee in collaboration with State-Owned Enterprise Bulog.

Bulog Merauke cooperates with farmer alliances to be able to distribute superior commodities to all districts in Papua and West Papua. Head of the Jayapura Regency Transportation Service, Alfons Awaitouw at the Port of Depapre, explained that besides rice, the main commodities transported by the T-19 Sea Toll Road as a returning cargo to Merauke were Ciping Stone, Abu Batu, and Sand from the Depapre Port, Jayapura Regency.

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