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A Pier Over Troubled Waters

Tanah Ampo International Cruise Terminal: Nature Extracts a Heavy Toll on Those Who Build Inferior Wharves and Piers

(4/7/2013) The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that huge waves have inflicted substantial damage on the dock and wharf facilities at The Tanah Ampo International Cruise Terminal in Karangasem, East Bali.

The latest damage to the hapless port was confirmed by Iwan Sabatini, general manager of the State-owned port management company PT Pelindo III Benoa, who said high waves had ravaged the port during the months of January – March 2013. “The latest incident occurred on March 29 in which strong winds and five-meter high waves destroyed the already stricken wharfs,” said Sabatini.

PT Pelindo III has allocated US$22,400 to try to bring the ill conceived and poorly built port into economic operation. The latest damage had now more-or-less made the facility unusable by visiting cruise ships to Bali.

The port, intended to serve visiting cruise ships, has cost the central government US$12.17 million was apparently built without reference to local sea conditions and the requirement of visiting vessels. A trial-and-error approach to port construction has resulted in a terminal with virtually no fans within the international cruise industry that has seen pontoons meant to land passengers ravaged by waves and a surrounding port infrastructure largely inadequate to the needs of ships and their passengers.

The continuing plague of problems affecting the Tanah Ampo Port has precipitated a migration of Bali’s cruise ship visits to the southernmost port of Benoa where steadily improving service and port facilities, making Tanah Ampo a relatively unattractive option to visiting cruise ships. 

Latest reports suggest the government is now considering constructing a breakwater for Tanah Ampo, a step many insist should have been done before anyl work on the cruise pier and cruise terminal commenced in 2010.

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