AMBON: President Joko Widodo inaugurated two units of roro crossing boat with deadweight 500 gross tonnage (GT) which a kind of support from the Ministry of Transportation to the Local Government of Maluku Province on Thursday (9/2).

The two vessels are KMP Tanjung Sole which is made by national shipyard PT Daya Radar Utama Lampung unit and KMP Lememail made by PT DRU unit Jakarta.

The inauguration of both vessels was conducted on board the KMP Lelemuku marked by the signing of prasastri by President Joko Widodo in the car deck. After the signing of the inauguration prasastri, the President took photographs on the ship’s rampdor along with a number of Ministers.

The President was accompanied by a number of Ministers of the Cabinet of Work, among others, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Resources Luhut B. Panjaitan boarded aboard KMP Leleemuku at around 11:00 am and left the ship half an hour later.

Both roro crossing boats with a capacity of 148 people and 19 units of vehicles and will be used to serve the pioneering routes in Maluku Province namely crossing the Namlea-Waisela crossing and crossing the Saumlaki-Adaut-Letwurung crossing.

President Jokowi hopes, with the addition of two vessels, the price of existing commodities in the province of Maluku could experience a significant decrease, given the addition of routes and capacities accommodated two vessels.

“This has been checked for prices to fall between 20 percent and 30 percent, due to new routes, new vessels,” Jokowi said in an official statement issued by the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said the aid of the two ferry roro crossings is given to improve the connectivity and quality of transportation services in Maluku Province.

This ship is able to serve as many as 88 trips per year with 10 knot operation speed sehihngga expected to provide value for the benefit of the community in Maluku Province.

Both Ferry Roro Crossing 500 GT vessels have a specification length of 47.60 meters, width of 12 meters and height of 3.20 meters and drilling depth of 2.15 meters.