Sea toll is a concept to improve connectivity between islands in Indonesia. Indonesia government under leadership of Indonesia’s 7th President Joko Widodo, is building massive infrastructure such as building and modernizing sea ports to make sure the distribution of goods in Indonesia will become more effective and easier.
As the result, basic prices of commodities all over Indonesia will be more equal and there will be no more price gap between western part of Indonesia which is more developed compared to the Eastern part of Indonesia. The concept of the sea toll does not mean making the toll road above the sea. Instead, the freeway shipping lane connects almost all ports in Indonesia as explained by President Joko Widodo in his video uploaded on Youtube.
Examples of ports connected through the sea toll is the port of Tanjung Priok with Tanjung Perak, Sorong with Tanjung Perak. Of course, it is very clear that the ships used to cross the sea highway are vessels that have very large capacity and volume. In addition to maximize the delivery of large quantities of goods, sea toll vessels must also be able to cross the sea which has a considerable distance.
Many people still ask about the benefits of the sea toll program. Some benefits of sea toll program such as:
Improving the Welfare of the Indonesian Citizen
Main benefit of the maritime sea program, is to lower the gap of prices in every region in Indonesia. Sea toll program will connect the ports and make sure the distribution of goods to every island in Indonesia easier and more effective.
Before the sea toll program, cost of distributing goods from the more developed area in western part of Indonesia to its counterpart in eastern part of Indonesia is quite high which make the gap price between these areas. With the sea toll program, the distribution cost will be cheaper and will save more time.
Infrastructure Development and Reducing Indonesia's Unemployment Rate
From 270 million Indonesians, 7 million of them are unemployed. Through this program, it is expected that the 7 million figures can be reduced because the infrastructure of each region of Indonesia is improved so that the area will attract more tourists. Also for investor in fisheries industry, this is very good news indeed because the program is decreasing the cost of shipping.
These are some of the benefits of Sea Toll for Indonesia, especially for industry business. Industrial estate near the port also gain benefits from the sea toll program because the cost of logistic for the manufacturing companies will decrease, the company will save more time and the logistic route will be more efficient.
One of the industrial estates near the port is Karawang New Industry City. As one of the largest industrial areas in West Java, KNIC is an industrial area that has complete infrastructure. Karawang New Industry City located in Karawang, West Java near Tanjung Priok port and Cikarang Dry port that makes KNIC is suitable for building manufacturing company.