Port of Tanjung Priok

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Port of Tanjung Priok
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Aerial view
CountryIndonesia Indonesia
LocationTanjung Priok, North Jakarta
Coordinates6°06′14″S 106°53′11″E / 6.104°S 106.8865°E / -6.104; 106.8865Coordinates: 6°06′14″S 106°53′11″E / 6.104°S 106.8865°E / -6.104; 106.8865
Owned byPT Pelabuhan Indonesia II
Type of harborNatural
Size of harbor604 ha (6.04 sq km)
Land area424 ha (4.24 sq km)
Size1,028 ha (10.28 sq km)
Available berths76
Annual container volume6.59 million TEU's (2013)[1]

Port of Tanjung Priok (Indonesian: Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok) is the busiest and most advanced Indonesian seaport,[2] handling more than 50% of Indonesia's trans-shipment cargo traffic. The port is located at Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, which is operated by Indonesian state owned PT Pelindo II. In 2016, the port loaded and unloaded 6.2 million TEUs of cargo, out of a total capacity of about 8 million TEUs.[3]


The earliest record mentioning this area as a capital city can be traced to the Indianized kingdom of Tarumanagara as early as the fourth century. In AD 39, King Purnawarman established Sunda Pura as a new capital city for the kingdom, located at the northern coast of Java.[4] Purnawarman left seven memorial stones with inscriptions bearing his name spread across the area, including the present-day Banten and West Java provinces. The Tugu Inscription is considered the oldest of all of them.[5]

After the power of Tarumanagara declined, all of its many territories, including Sunda Pura, became part of the Kingdom of Sunda. The harbour area were renamed Sunda Kelapa as written in a Hindu monk's lontar manuscripts, which are now located at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University in England, and travel records by Prince Bujangga Manik.[6] By the 14th century, Sunda Kelapa became a major trading port for the kingdom. The first European fleet, four Portuguese ships from Malacca, arrived in 1513 when the Portuguese were looking for a route for spices, especially black pepper.[7]

A new harbor was needed for Dutch East Indies to replace the Sunda Kelapa harbor to the west that had was too small for the increased traffic resulting from the opening of the Suez Canal. Construction on the Port of Tanjung Priok began in 1877 along with Tanjung Priok railway station and other supporting facilities. The construction of the new harbor was started by Governor General Johan Wilhelm van Lansberge (1875-1881). The new harbor was named Tandjong Priok. Several facilities were built to support the function of the new harbor, such as the Tanjung Priok Station (1914).[8]


A container terminal of the port is known as Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), which is operated by the Hutchison Port Holdings and Pelindo II is the largest container terminal in Indonesia and the country's national hub port.[9][10] In April 2011, JICT received an Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award (AFSCA) as the best service quality and technology innovation of terminal with less than 4 million twenty-foot equivalent units handling capacity.[11]

Port extension (New Priok Terminal)[edit]

A ship docking at the port

The port was among the least efficient in all Southeast Asia, with turn-around times 6 times that of Singapore, and severely congested due to slow customs handling, as well as limited port capacity. In regard to the port capacity, two-phase "New Priok" extension project is currently ongoing, which is expected to be fully operational in 2023. When fully operational this New Priok Port (which is also known as Kalibaru Port) will increase annual capacity of Tanjung Priok more than triple. Annual capacity will increase from five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers to 18 million TEU and the port will be able to facilitate triple-E class container ships (with an 18,000 TEU capacity) in a 300 meters wide two-way sea lane.[12]

First phase of the project has completed in 2016, which has helped to improve the performance of the port. Dwelling time in the port which was once 7 days, now reduced to almost 3 days.[13][14]With 8 cranes that can move 30 containers per hour and berths that can dock ships with a draft of as much as 16 meters, the new terminal which is known as NPT 1, now can accommodate container ships with capacity up to 15,000 TEUs.[15][16] The terminal has a land area of 32 hectares and the length of the dock is 450 meters. A joint venture between state-run port operator Pelindo II and a Japan-Singapore consortium handled the project under PT New Priok Container Terminal 1 ( NPCT1 ).


The MV Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft docked at Port of Tanjung Priok in the early-1930s.

The Port of Tanjung Priok has 20 terminals: general cargo, multipurpose terminal, scraps terminal, passenger terminal, dry bulk terminal, liquid bulk terminal, oil terminal, chemicals terminal and three container terminals, 76 berths, a quay length of 16,853 metres, a total storage area of 661,822 m2 and a storage capacity of 401,468 tonnes.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 50 World Container Ports". www.worldshipping.org. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ "The 13,466-island problem". The Economist. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Indonesia inches closer to realizing port hub dream".
  4. ^ Sundakala: cuplikan sejarah Sunda berdasarkan naskah-naskah "Panitia Wangsakerta" Cirebon. Yayasan Pustaka Jaya, Jakarta. 2005.
  5. ^ The Sunda Kingdom of West Java From Tarumanagara to Pakuan Pajajaran with the Royal Center of Bogor. Yayasan Cipta Loka Caraka. 2007.
  6. ^ Three Old Sundanese Poems. KITLV Press. 2007.
  7. ^ Sumber-sumber asli sejarah Jakarta, Jilid I: Dokumen-dokumen sejarah Jakarta sampai dengan akhir abad ke-16. Cipta Loka Caraka. 1999.
  8. ^ Cobban, James L. 1985. "The ephemeral historic district in Jakarta". Geographical Review 75(3):300-318.
  9. ^ Port Commerce
  10. ^ Hutchinson Port Holdings Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "JICT wins Asian container port award". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Hopes high for Priok port expansion". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Tanjung Priok Port sets dwell time benchmark".
  14. ^ "Now Indonesia Can Take Large Container Vessels Usually Handled by Singapore".
  15. ^ "Tanjung Priok Welcomes Larger Ships".
  16. ^ "Jokowi releases first export with giant ship to US". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  17. ^ Port of Tanjung Priok facilities