By Muhammad Asrofi, Consultant, Transportation & Logistics Practices
After those answers I expanded the second question into what happened in Merak highway before Merak-Bakaheuni crossing point. Fortunately this month media reported quite intensively on the long queue of trucks in the highway. I said quite intensive compare to reporting on the crossing point during peak time (Lebaran days, Christmas times, New Year period) which were very intensive. My second question made them think twice and most of them include shipping in their final answers. It leads to simple understanding that shipping is far away from top of mind among people around me. Of course those answers were not enough to make a generalization to draw a solid conclusion. But at least, answers of such questions reflect many things. It reminds us of big home work in our waterfront, major part of Indonesian territory which unfortunately perceived as separator of our thousand islands.
As maritime country which has larger sea territory, Indonesia must have sophisticated transportation facilities to connectively reach one island to another island throughout Indonesia. Based on an archipelagic country, Indonesia must without doubt develop its shipping industry through entire chain, from ports, ship fleet, ship building, ship maintenance facilities and supporting supra structure such as education, research and development institution. As starting point, the shipping facilities in Indonesia have to be improved in accordance with its urgent needs in its entire chain.