State seaport operator to build port for cruise ships in West Lombok

State seaport operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) plans to construct Gilimas seaport in Lembar, West Lombok, to serve cruise ships, an executive has said.

Pelindo III's Lembar chapter general manager Baharuddin said the foundation stone-laying ceremony to mark the start of construction is scheduled for Dec. 22.

"Initially, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was scheduled to officiate the project. But, due to the President's tight schedule in December, State-Owned Enterprises Minister [Rini Soemarno] and Transportation Minister [Budi Karya Sumadi] will be attending the ceremony," Baharuddin said as quoted by Antara on Monday.

The Gilimas seaport will occupy 100 hectares plot of land as part of the extension of the Lembar seaport.

"We are targeting that by the second half of 2018, cruise ships will be able to dock at the wharf," Baharuddin said.

The construction of the seaport will run in four stages with an estimated cost of Rp 1.2 trillion (S$130 million), including for land acquisition.