Streets of Bitung
Location within North Sulawesi
|Established||August 15, 1990|
|• Mayor||Max Lomban|
|• Vice Mayor||Maurits Mantiri|
|• Total||302.89 km2 (116.95 sq mi)|
|• Density||690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (Indonesia Central Time)|
|Area code||(+62) 438|
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.
Manado-Bitung Toll Road
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. 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.
Davao-Bitung Roll-On Roll-Off Ferry Service
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.   
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