Bitung

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Bitung
Kota Bitung
City
Streets of Bitung
Streets of Bitung
Official seal of Bitung
Seal
Location within North Sulawesi
Location within North Sulawesi
Bitung is located in Sulawesi
Bitung
Bitung
Bitung is located in Indonesia
Bitung
Bitung
Location in Sulawesi and Indonesia
Coordinates: 1°26′50″N 125°11′52″E / 1.44722°N 125.19778°E / 1.44722; 125.19778Coordinates: 1°26′50″N 125°11′52″E / 1.44722°N 125.19778°E / 1.44722; 125.19778
Country  Indonesia
Region Sulawesi
Province  North Sulawesi
Established August 15, 1990
Government
 • Mayor Max Lomban
 • Vice Mayor Maurits Mantiri
Area[1]
 • Total 302.89 km2 (116.95 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 208,995
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone Indonesia Central Time (UTC+8)
Postcodes 9xxxx
Area code (+62) 438
Vehicle registration DB
Website http://www.bitungkota.go.id/

Bitung (Indonesian: 'Kota Bitung') is a city on the northern coast of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is in the province of North Sulawesi, and faces Lembeh Island and the Lembeh Strait, which is known for its colorful marine life, in particular sea slugs. Bitung has a population of 187,932 at the 2010 Census, making it the second most populated city in the province after the capital Manado[1].

Administration[edit]

The city is divided into eight districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[2]

Name Population
Census 2010
Madidir 33,482
Matuari 27,180
Girian 27,862
Lembeh Selatan
(South Lembeh)
9,120
Lembeh Utara
(North Lembeh)
8,509
Aertembaga 28,262
Maesa 36,007
Ranowulu 17,230

Nature Reserve[edit]

Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve is two hours' drive away from Manado, and one hour from Bitung. Tarsius spectrum can be found easily in the Nature Reserve.[3]

Manado-Bitung Toll Road[edit]

On January 16, 2014 local authorities passed responsibility to acquire land for the Manado-Bitung Toll Road to the Public Works Ministry, although the initiation of works after the formality would take some time[4]. The construction of the 39.9-km toll road is expected to cost Rp 6.7 trillion (US$ 503 million), and the Indonesian Government expects it to be completed by late 2018 and operational on 2019[5].

Davao-Bitung Roll-On Roll-Off Ferry Service[edit]

On April 28, 2017, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Davao-Bitung Roll-on Roll-Off Ferry Service that will allow journey time of just 3 days between two cities. The original shipping route from Davao City in Mindanao, Philippines took up to 5 weeks because ships first have to sail northwards to Manila, passing through South China Sea and Malaysia waters before it reaches various ports in Indonesia. Under the program, there are 5 to 10 companies who will use the initial voyage of the Cebu-based Asia Marine Transport Corp.’s M/V Super Shuttle RORO 12 with a 500-TEU capacity. Among the goods to be traded include animal feeds, aqua products, charcoal, coffee beans, construction materials, copra, feed ingredients, fertilizers, food and beverages, fresh fruits, ice cream products, meats, peanuts, poultry (halal), soya, sugar, and synthetics. [6] [7] [8][9]

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