Improve the Logistics Sector, KM Lawit Serves Padang-Sibolga

By : Hariyanto And Aldi Firhand. A | Wednesday, December 06 2017 - 01:22 IWST

PT Pelni (Persero)
PT Pelni (Persero)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) will again operate KM Lawit from Jakarta to Padang, Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga to serve the public demand for Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018.

Corporate Secretary of PT Pelni Didik Dwi Prasetio in a written statement in Jakarta on Tuesday (5/12/2017) said the operation of KM Lawit to Padang-Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga run once a year before Christmas and New Year as a manifestation of PT Pelni (Persero) to serve the community.

"In the run up to Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018, we made a rerouting of KM Lawit to Padang and Gunung Sitoli KM Lawit on the regular route to Blinyu-Pontianak-Semarang-Karimunjawa," he said.

KM Lawit, continued Didik will sail to Padang-Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga in pre-Christmas 2017 AND New Year 2018.

The German-built 1,000-passenger ship of 1985 will depart from Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, on Wednesday (20/12) at 08.00.

The ship arrived in Padang on Friday (22/12) at 14.00, leaving at 17:00 to Gunung Sitoli and arrived Saturday (23/12) at 14.00, arrived in Sibolga on the same day at 24.00.

Meanwhile, from Sibolga ship directly back to Jakarta, leaving at 02.00 arrived in Padang on Sunday (24/12) at 22:00, departing again at Monday (25/12) at 01.00 and arrived at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Wednesday (27 / 12) at 06.00.

Didik said the cruise ship to Padang before the cheap airline tickets are served by PT. Pelni (Persero) regularly and scheduled with KM. Lawit, but as the price of airplanes and the lack of passengers on board, Pelni ship cruises to Padang stopped about six years ago.

"Pelni serves the route to Padang, West Sumatera, Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga, North Sumatra only once a year at the end of the year as requested by the community, and the longing of Padang-Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga residents in Jabodetabek will be treated when going aboard Pelni," he said.

For Lawit Ship tickets to Padang, Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga have been open since (20/11).

Boat tickets can be purchased at Pelni counters, ticket agents, ATM BRI, Indomaret, Alfamart and Contact Center Pelni 162.

PT Pelni (Persero) has improved the ticketing system with New Pelni Ticketing Service (NPTS), where buying tickets is easier because it can be purchased with various channels in cooperation with Pelni. Ticket prices KM. Lawit Jakarta-Padang Rp285.000, Gunung Sitoli Rp398.000 and Sibolga Rp402.000, the ticket includes meal, port fee and insurance.

"KM Lawit tickets are all economy class or 'single class'," he said.

Sailing KM. Lawit to Padang, Gunung Sitoli and Sibolga, according to him, can be a reunion and nostalgia event for minang and junior migrants in Jabodetabek and other cities in Java which in the past used Pelni sea ships when pioneering business or college.

Pelni facilitates the voyage in late 2017 and early 2018 as a means of transportation as well as to commemorate the past nostalgia with Pelni ships.

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