Brunei port offered access to Indonesian equipment

Azlan Othman

Indonesia is offering Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd (MPC) access to Indonesia-made port equipment products, such as bollards, buoys and fenders, which are internationally certified in line with the plan to improve and increase the capacity of Muara Port.

This was shared by Drs Irwan Iding, MSi representing Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam during a meeting with MPC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zeng Caili and by Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mohd Fazilah bin Haji Mohd Yassin on Wednesday.

A representative from the Indonesian Embassy Irwan Iding with the embassy’s economic team and MPC CEO explored opportunities on the use of ship transportation in Brunei in the form of rental cooperation, as well as the need for skilled manpower in the port to be filled by Indonesians.

The possibility of MPC establishing cooperation with port management partners in Indonesia through port-to-port cooperation, including the arrangement of shipping schedules and the consolidation of export-import goods between Indonesia and Brunei was also discussed.

“There are opportunities for cooperation between the ports of the two countries as the number of containers from Indonesia to Brunei begins to increase every year,” said Irwan Iding.

A discussion between officers from the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam and Muara Port Company. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

“Therefore, cruise line options as well as increased collaboration between ports need to be continuously encouraged.”

According to Mohd Fazilah, the number of containers from Indonesia to Brunei in the last six months has increased significantly.

This is a potential that needs to be built in synergy in the arrangement of shipping schedules between ports of the two countries, he added.

Meanwhile, the MPC CEO also hopes that communication can be done with port companies in Indonesia for inter-port cooperation.

The aspiration is related to the Brunei government’s plan to make Muara Port a trade hub and transit point for the flow of international goods, especially for Southeast Asian connections with Shanghai and Guangxi Ports in China. As such, MPC wants to continue to expand cooperation with various parties, including those from Indonesia.

MPC was formed in 2017 as a joint venture between Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd (owned by the Brunei government) and Beibu Gulf Holding (Hong Kong) Co Ltd.

MPC has taken over the management and operational activities of Muara Port for both the handling of passenger ships and goods.

The Muara Port in Bandar Seri Begawan is the main gateway for general export and import flows into the country.