Meratus Line’s SBON service made its inaugural call at International Container Terminal Services’ East Java Multipurpose Terminal on Sunday (3 December).

The weekly service is operated by two 629-TEU multipurpose vessels and calls the Indonesian ports of Surabaya, Makassar, Ambon and Lamongan.

EJMT chief executive officer Patrick Chan congratulated Meratus Line on the port call on its SBON service.

“With the new service calling at our terminal, it will provide our surrounding customers with closer port access and an empty depot located in the same facility that allows trucks to complete two-way running with containers,” Mr Chan said.

“Hence, we expect a reduction in their transport costs and overall carbon emissions.”

Meratus Logistics chief commercial officer Budi Pranoto said: “Seeing the potential for Lamongan to become a new industrial centre in East Java, we aim to consistently support these plans and strategic developments by streamlining logistics”.

EJMT is currently building a new multipurpose facility that consists of a new breakwater, a 300-metre quay line, a 500-metre swing basin, two post-Panamax mobile harbor cranes, various cargo handling equipment and a 13.5-metre draught. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2024.

ICTSI also operates the Victoria International Container Terminal at the Port of Melbourne.