Singapore and Indonesia are advancing talks to build a 400,000 TEU port in Central Java province in Indonesia to serve an industrial park. The new port will serve the Kendal Industrial Park, a 2,700-hectare manufacturing hub, for which a feasibility study on potential sites has already been completed jointly by companies in Singapore and Indonesia. As the industrial park is expanding, the port may need to expand its capacity up to 1.5 million TEU in the future. The port, the second seaport in Java, is expected to be completed by 2024.
Indonesia finds the proposed port as a strategic national project according to Regent of Kendal, Dico Ganinduto, who said Jakarta is now looking for an appropriate local partner in Singapore to develop the port. The industrial park director, Didik Purbadi said major industrial regions like Jakarta and East Java have several seaports, while Central Java has only one, the Port of Tanjung Emas in Semarang, which is nearly one hour from Kendal Industrial Park.