The regent of Karangasem, Wayan Geredeg, hopes the national government will allocate funds to lengthen the recently-built pier at the Tanah Ampo International Cruise Terminal in East Bali. Standing at 154 meters, the current pier is too short to accommodate the majority of ships scheduled to call on Bali.
Quoted by Beritabali.com, Geredeg said: "I hope the central government will budget the funds needed to lengthen the dock at the Tanah Ampo Port to become 308 meters long, permitting large cruise ships to come alongside."
Saying the cruise terminal was a central government initiative, the Karangasem regent warned that if the project was left in its current state it won't be suitable for large ship visits. Geredeg, who has just returned from a major cruise show in Miami, reported that he had met a number of cruise industry officials who are eager to include Tanah Ampo in their cruise itineraries.
If the desired improvements are completed, Tanah Ampo will be able to accommodate ships of up to 220 meters long and weighing 18,000 DWT.
Pledging to continue to struggle to double the length of the current ship's pier, Geredeg recalled President Yudhoyon's promise to fund the money that would allow Tanah Ampo to become a truly international standard facility.
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