The President of Indonesia, HE Joko Widodo, visited DP World flagship Jebel Ali Port where he was received by Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and toured the leading integrated port and free zone facility that supports and drives the growth of Dubai and the wider region of some two billion people.
President Widodo and his high-level delegation including Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister of Economics of Indonesia, Retno Lestari Priansari Marsud, Indonesian Foreign Minister, Sofyan Djalil, National Development Planning Minister, Pramono Anung, Cabinet Secretary, Thomas Lembong, Minister of Trade and other Indonesian cabinet ministers and diplomats, inspected the technology-driven efficiencies that support the gateway facility – classed as the most productive port in the world by the Journal Of Commerce.
They were accompanied by senior DP World officials including Vice Chairman HE Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, UAE Region, Mohammed Al Muallem, Chief Operating Officer Anil Watts, and William Khoury, Vice President, Director PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya, among others.
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP Chairman, welcomed President Widodo to the UAE as part of his official visit to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
He said: “We are honoured that the President included a visit to our flagship facility Jebel Ali Port in his programme which demonstrates his belief in DP World’s expertise and his focus on boosting Indonesia’s maritime sector. DP World is a longtime partner of the Indonesian government through their joint venture in PT. Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS), the largest terminal in Surabaya Tanjung Perak and the second largest in the country. We are committed to our operations there and look forward to cementing our relationships. With our global experience we work closely with our partners to support the development and economic growth of the countries and communities in which we operate. The President’s visit builds on already existing amicable relations and lasting partnerships that benefit both countries.”
HE Bin Sulayem added that Dubai’s trade with Indonesia amounted to AED 3.92 billion in the first six months of 2015.
DP World has managed PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) terminal since its acquisition of P&O in 2006. It is a joint venture with a 51% shareholding held by the state owned company Pelabuhan Pelindo III and 49% held by DP World.
The terminal is located on the northern shore of eastern Java along the edge of Madura Strait and is the gateway to Eastern Indonesia, serving international and domestic trade for a wide-ranging hinterland. By virtue of its geographical location close to cargo catchment areas with good connectivity to the hinterland by sea, rail and direct toll-way access, TPS is ideally located to act as an international and domestic transhipment point for all of North and East Indonesia.
It is an origin and destination cargo container terminal with a 1.8 million TEU capacity and an annual throughput of 1.4 million TEUs.
The terminal employs around 580 permanent employees plus some 1,300 outsourced contractors with training and development in place for staff supported by DP World Institute, the global marine terminal operator’s specialist learning and training arm. Programmes include developing skills for trainers, safe working at heights modules and support on how to develop training capability across the terminal. Work with terminal supervisors and a 10 month programme focusing on container terminal management already delivered across the company’s network is also on the cards.
TPS is an ISPS-compliant ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified operation and recently obtained ISO 28001 certification for supply chain security management, making it the first organisation and marine terminal in Indonesia to gain this accreditation. Itwas voted the best Container Terminal in 2008 by the International Ship Owners Association of Indonesia and won the Prima Utama award for service excellence from the Ministry of Transportation in 2014.