Bernama: New type of ships, to help Indonesia Malaysia & Thailand connectivity, makes solid progress

Masato Watanabe, Vice-Presient, Japan Internat...

Masato Watanabe, Vice-Presient, Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA (Photo credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)

Bernama reports; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is conducting a feasibility study on Indonesia‘s idea on the roll-on roll-off (RORO) vessel connnectivity in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT). IMT-GT chairman, Datuk Faudzi Naim Noh, said the study, under the grouping’s Implementation Blueprint for 2012-2016, was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “JICA is expected to come out with the guidelines on the sort of vessels and jetties needed because they do have such a model in Tokyo, Europe and the Philippines. “If the study is correct, it will involve an investment of over RM100 million as I can see the price of each vessel is about US$30 million each,” he told reporters after the Special Briefing by the ADB here yesterday. Faudzi said the first part of the study, which started a year ago, has been completed and the IMT-GT Joint Business Council (JBC) has been invited for a briefing on the first part of the report. “The JBC has invited JICA to come to Penang to present the first part of the report to the Penang shipping and logistics stakeholders. “We need them to brief us because we going to have an impending takeover of the Penang port by Seaport Terminal, and the introduction of a new type of vessel will surely confuse the logistics community here,” he said. (Source)

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