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The world's biggest archipelagic nation, Indonesia has over seventeen thousand islands with approximately six-thousand of which are inhabited. These islands thread the archipelago like beautiful beads athwart the earth's equator. The crystal clear azure waters lap the pristine beaches of Indonesia, and its numerous ports welcome every traveler with open arms.
The various regions and islands of Indonesia have their own ports that receive ships from different parts of the globe, there are over three-hundred Indonesia ports committed to foreign trading activities, as well as having main ports that cater to both their tourism and trading industry. Some of the main Indonesia ports include Tanjung Perak nearby Surabaya, Priok near Jakarta, Ujung Pandang found on the south of Sulawesi, and Belawan northeast of Sumatra..
Tanjung Priok Port
This post host's the main harbor of the city (Tanjung Priok), and is the busiest Indonesia port run by PT Pelindo national port company. This port became the primary port of Jakarta during the late 19th century, replacing the then main port Sunda Kelapa which was already too small for the growing traffic when the Suez Canal opened.
Tanjung Perak Port
This port is among the main gateway harbors of Indonesia in Surabaya, located in the strait of Mandura. The port of Tanjung Perak is thus the hub of maritime transportation for Indonesia's eastern region, comprising of 1574.3 hectares of water part and 574.7 hectares of land part.
Ujung Pandang Port
It was formerly called Macassar and was already a flourishing port during the 16th century when the Portuguese arrived in the country. The port came into Dutch control in 1607, building a trading station in the port, and became a free port in 1848. The port is located on the southwest coastline of Sulawesi that faces the strait of Makassar.
This port is also among the busiest Indonesia ports outside Java, and was originally structured in 1890 to provide location for tobacco transferring from interior rail lines to deep-draft ships. In 1907, the port expanded with a new section structured designed for indigenous and Chinese traders and reserving the then existing port for European shipping. In 1985, a major reconstructing for a container terminal was done which instantly captured almost one-fifth of the containerized exports of Indonesia.
The countless Indonesia ports have contributed a lot in the positively growing economy of the country through both the tourism and trading benefits and opportunities that these ports open up to various interested industries from around the world.