Papuans Opposes Proposal to Build Container Port at Teluk Yotefa


Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua government, legislators and indigenous people are opposed to PT. Pelindo’s plan to construct a container port at Teluk Yotefa.

A member of Papua Legislative Council (DPRP), H. Syamsunar Rashid, said the plan is not in accordance with the conditions of the region and an in-depth study is still needed.

“We need to think first. I think it’s better to renovate Jayapura port and Jayapura port can not be expanded without relocating people who live around the port to another location,” H. Syamsunar said on Saturday (01/23).

He said building a new port costs a lot of money.

Last week, the mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tommy Mano, also expressed his opposition to the plan. Mano suggested that a port be built in Holtekam, Muara Tami District, or the Jayapura port be expanded.


“Teluk Yotefa (Yotefa gulf) is not suitable for containers. The depth of the water also must be considered,” Mano added.

Earlier, General Manager of Indonesia Port (Pelabuhan Indonesia) of Jayapura branch, Yusuf Yunus said, it is just a plan. Actually, it will take a long process to make it happen. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)

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