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Harboring Ambitions for More Cruise Passengers

Baliís Benoa Harbor Upgrading Infrastructure to Accommodate Cruise Ships up to 300 Meter Long

(6/7/2012) The Benoa, Bali branch of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III is preparing the pier and berthing infrastructure at Bali’s southernmost port to handle a full range of international cruise ships.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the general manager of PT Pelindo III-Benoa, Iwan Sabatini, said, “We have already dredged the harbor’s basin and approaches to accommodated larger cruise vessels.”

He further explained that the length of the pier would be extended to 340 meters to accommodate ships of up to 300 meters in length.

“In the future, cruise ships will be increasingly larger and longer. This is happening amidst a growing demand for cruise tourism,” Sabatini explained.

The man in charge of the commercial operations at Bali’s port of Benoa revealed that some 60,000 people are targeted to arrive by ship at Benoa in 2012.

“We are targeting for 38-40 ships to dock in Benoa,” he said.