The southern port of Benoa in Bali has formally opened its new domestic passenger terminal.
As reported by Beritadewata.com, Benoa is the port-of-call on regular domestic routes operated by PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI) using three vessels: KM Tilongkablila, KM Awu and KM Kelimutu.
Ali Sodikin, general manager of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III – the operator of the port of Benoa, confirms that in all of 2014 a total of 54 domestic ship visits will occur at Benoa serving an estimated 46,000 embarking and disembarking passengers.
“The domestic passenger terminal that has been built in less than 9 months combines a minimalist approach in concert with Balinese architectural elements,” said Solichin.
The new domestic passenger terminal comes equipped with lavatories, a room for nursing mothers, a VIP waiting room, air conditioning and a large waiting room. Solichin reported that the terminal covers 1,383 square meters and is able to handle 700 passengers during a single ship’s call.
Speaking separately, the CEO of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III, Djarwo Surjanto, said the new passenger terminal at Benoa was born of a responsibility of the seaport to the many passengers using it. The new port, he added, is needed to also welcome international ships’ passengers within the context of national efforts to welcome and develop marine tourism.
Efforts to promote international cruise ship visits have born fruit with 58 international cruise ships expected to call on Benoa in all of 2014.