ITS Campus, Seatrans News – Before inaugurating its new building, the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering (DTTL) of the November 10 Institute of Technology (ITS) held a public lecture. Taking place on Friday (13/3), this event carries the theme of the Role of Higher Education to Support the Development of National Sea Transportation. Taking place with a discussion model, this public lecture discusses various government plans and strategies to develop Indonesia’s marine transportation sector and the role of students in it.
Sea transportation is one of the many factors that influence the economic development of society. That is because Indonesia is an archipelagic country and sea transportation is the key to the nation’s connectivity. Various efforts have been made by the government through the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) regarding island connectivity.
Responding to this, the Ministry of Transportation through the Directorate General of Sea Transportation (Ditjen Hubla) has issued a series of policies, made strategies, and formulated and carried out work programs. One of the most concerns of the public is the sea highway program. The program aimed at reducing disparities or disparity in the prices of goods in the regions of Eastern Indonesia and remote areas has been going on since 2015 and until now continues with periodic evaluations and improvements here and there.
“The Ministry of Transportation through the Directorate General of Hubla is also responsible for determining the hierarchy of each port and its sustainability,” said Ir Subagyo, Director of Ports of the Directorate General of Hubla. In short, the port hierarchy is a sequence of levels of port functions. In Indonesia, the hierarchy is divided into four, namely the main port, collecting port, regional feeder port, and local feeder port.
The 1990 ITS Faculty of Marine Technology (FTK) alumni revealed that the hierarchy was determined as a projection of the potential of each port. “For example, port A is currently still a feeder port, then seeing its potential, we project that in certain years its status will become the main port,” he explained. From there, Subagyo added, a more detailed port development plan can be determined.
“This does not necessarily take place according to plan, many regions want their port to be the main port, serving export and import, because it is seen as more profitable and proud,” explained Subagyo. He added, the number of major ports in a country does not mean that the profits will be even greater. Even what will happen, said Subagyo, is competition between ports within their own country.
Therefore, Subagyo conveyed that the Directorate General of Hubla plans to minimize the number of ports with the import-export function to increase the competitiveness of Indonesian ports on the international scene. Then the management of the collecting and feeder ports is left to the local government (Pemda). “Here I hope, ITS Sea Transportation Engineering students can play an active role in increasing the insight of the Regional Governments regarding all regulations on port,” concluded Subagyo. (dnr / yus)
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