Port of Tanjung Kalian

Port of Tanjung Kalian
Mercusuar Tanjung Kalian.jpg
The lighthouse at Tanjung Kalian
Location
CountryIndonesia
LocationMuntok, West Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia
Coordinates2°5′2″S 105°7′58″E / 2.08389°S 105.13278°E / -2.08389; 105.13278Coordinates: 2°5′2″S 105°7′58″E / 2.08389°S 105.13278°E / -2.08389; 105.13278

The Port of Tanjung Kalian is a seaport located in the town of Muntok, in West Bangka Regency of the Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia. It serves as both a cargo port and a passenger ferry port, connecting the island of Bangka to Sumatra through the opposite Port of Tanjung Api-Api in South Sumatra.

History

During the 1850s, Dutch colonial authorities with interests in both tin mining in Bangka and controlling traffic through the Bangka Strait established a lighthouse at Tanjung Kalian. Tanjung Kalian was chosen as the construction site due to its location at the western extremity of Bangka, making it clearly visible and prominent to passing ships. Later, in 1862, the wood-and-steel structure was improved and heightened to 56 metres (184 ft) by the Dutch tin mining company Banka Tin Winning based on an existing British design, becoming a permanent fixture of the port.[1][2]

Prior to 2013, ferry services from the port went directly to Palembang, but the opening of the more nearby Port of Tanjung Api-Api in Banyuasin Regency, South Sumatra, resulted in ferries being redirected there.[3] There are plans to expand the port's facilities with additional piers.[4]

Services

Tanjung Kalian is primarily served by roll-on/roll-off ferries to Tanjung Api-Api, typically with a ship docking every two hours.[5] In the sixteen-day period around the Eid al-Fitr of 2022 alone, over 60,000 passengers crossed from Tanjung Kalian to Tanjung Api-Api.[6] Despite a harbor depth of just 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 ft), the port is also the primary cargo port in West Bangka. Planning is underway for a replacement port which would handle cargo traffic.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Mengintip Sejarah dan Fungsi Menara Tanjungkalian Muntok, Bikin Pengunjung Berdecak Kagum". Bangka Pos (in Indonesian). 7 June 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Menara Suar Tanjung Kalian, Cagar Budaya Kute Lame". Radio Republik Indonesia (in Indonesian). 7 August 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  3. ^ "ASDP: Jarak Tempuh Sumatera - Bangka Kian Dekat dengan Tanjung Api-Api". Republika (in Indonesian). 11 December 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Pengembangan Dermaga MB Tanjung Kalian Terkendala Lahan". Bangka Pos (in Indonesian). 29 December 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Kapal penyeberangan Pelabuhan TAA-Tanjung Kalian dipastikan aman". Antara News (in Indonesian). 10 April 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Jumlah Penumpang Arus Mudik dan Balik Lebaran via Pelabuhan Tanjung Kalian Tembus 62.342 Orang". Bangka Pos (in Indonesian). 10 May 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Babel Bangun Pelabuhan Kargo di Tanjung Ular". ANTARA News Bangka Belitung (in Indonesian). 6 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
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