Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 14:00 WIB

SOE Minister Inaugurates Pessenger Vessel to Support Labuan Bajo Tourism

SOE Minister Inaugurates Pessenger Vessel to Support Labuan Bajo Tourism (infobisnis)

JAKARTA NNC - Indonesia Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Rini M. Soemarno has inaugurated the Komodo passenger transport marine vessel (KMP) and Rinca Island Pier in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Friday (07/12). KMP Komodo and Rinca Island Pier is expected to be able to support the progress of tourism and economic growth of the local community.

KMP Komodo is managed by state-owned marine transport company ASDP Indonesia Ferry. Through the marine vessel, locals in the area and tourists can now take advantage of safe, comfortable and affordable sea transportation to Komodo Island, Padar Island and Pink Beach.

"I continue to support ASDP, which has not only encouraged connectivity between islands, but is also been able to encourage the development of tourism and the economy of the local community," Rini said.

Ira Puspadewi, President Director of ASDP Indonesia Ferry, said KMP Komodo in Labuan Bajo is one manifestation of the company's contribution in supporting tourism development in West Manggarai Regency, especially those who want to enjoy the natural beauty of Komodo Island, Padar Island and Pink Beach.

KMP Komodo is designed as a tourist vessel with capacity of 80 passengers. The vessel is equipped with facilities and comfort for passengers, such as air conditioning, reclining seats, mini bars, entertainment services, and prayer room. The vessel will travel at nine knots. Each room at KMP Komodo is designed to provide more comfort to its passengers.

One interesting part, KMP Komodo presents an open area with a luvre roof on the top of the deck of the ship. In this open area, passengers can sit on wooden chairs while enjoying the charm of the sea of ​​Labuan Bajo, which increasingly makes for a memorable trip. In addition, seat facilities are also provided for passengers who want to sunbathe, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Labuan Bajo from the boat.

"We want to provide a pleasant travel experience for passengers, especially tourists who want to visit Komodo National Park, Padar Island and Pink Beach," Ira said.

On the same occasion, Minister Rini also inaugurated the Pier on Rinca Island. The pier is developed for locals in the area through the synergy of state-owned companies Bank Mandiri (IDX:BMRI), Bank Negara Indonesia (IDX:BBNI), Bank Rakyat Indonesia (IDX:BBRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (IDX:BBTN), Pertamina, and Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

The construction of the Rinca Pier costs IDR4.38 billion. The new pier allows large-sized vessels, including speed boats to dock at Rinca Island.