One of the government’s priority programs mandated by President Joko Widodo is the economic improvement of the maritime sector through the sea toll. This program was underestimated by political opponents Jokowi and its supporters. However, this does not dampen the consistency of Jokowi to be empowered in the marine sector. The main objective of the sea toll is to tackle the price of materials previously very unbalanced between prices in Java and Papua, through toll boats, Jokowi sees great potential to keep prices in Papua and Java equally.
For about 3 years, the sea toll road run by the Working Cabinet under President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has started to show results. The presence of Toll Sea which is the concept of transporting logistics by ship has succeeded in reducing the price of staple goods in some areas of eastern Indonesia. In addition, the increasing frequency of freight transport both freight vessels and passenger ships from and a number of ports in the country, especially in the East.
This is in line with one of the missions and visions of the Sea Tol that aims to connect the major ports in the archipelago. With the relationship between these seaports, it can be created a smooth distribution of goods to the corners.
He explained that in this Sea Toll program, goods transportation both freight vessels and passenger ships play an important role in ensuring the passage of the national sea logistics program.
One of the indicators to be achieved by the Government is the availability of food commodities and various basic needs of society in eastern Indonesia at an affordable price.
The government has been working on sea tolls as a sea transportation route for a number of commodities.
With the sea toll, it is expected the regions of Indonesia, especially the East, to be connected so as to suppress commodity prices. Currently in eastern Indonesia has been felt by the people of the price decline of 20% -25%.
The government itself through the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) is still continuing to evaluate the implementation of sea toll in the field. One of the efforts done is by optimizing the 13 routes utilizing the program Rumah Kita scattered in a number of points.
This is done to realize more equitable economic growth.
The Rumah Kita is a logistics center managed by a number of state-owned enterprises (BUMN) including PT Pelindo I, II, III and Pelindo IV and PT Pelni and PT ASDP. One of the functions of Rumah Kita is able to distribute commodities more effectively so that price disparity decreases
Targets of the Marine Tolerance program include the provision of 306 seaports locations in 306 locations by 2019 and 103 units of marine pioneer vessels.
Until November 2017 PELNI ship has to carry 3.16 million people and Pioneer ship as many as 475,543 people. While the domestic charge until October 2017 as much as 18.3 billion tons and overseas 593 million tons.