On Friday, May 14, 2004, a reception was held at a local hotel to bid farewell to Benoa's Port Administrator (ADPEL) Mr. Pieter Nababan and welcome his successor, Drs. M. Effendy Syarif. At that gathering, suggestions were made that preparations are well underway that will soon see a rapid re-development of Bali's only port facility serving the southern sections of the Island.
According to reports in the local press, the Master Plan for the Benoa Port has been submitted by the operating authority for the port, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (PELINDO), to the Provincial Government for its approval.
Once that approval is received and ratified by the Department of Sea Communications, Mr. Effendy says investors are in place that will make it possible to widen and deepen the current port basin, lengthen piers, and upgrade marina facilities at the port.
In the past, plans to improve the port have met opposition from local groups concerned that any development in the area will destroy the environmentally-fragile Mangrove forest that surround the port.
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