Genting Cruise Lines, a division of Genting Hong Kong, comprising of Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), as part of its ongoing commitment towards developing the country’s cruise tourism industry. The recent MOU signing marks the second collaboration between both parties, following an initial agreement in April 2017 and the successful deployment of Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream in North Bali later in the year. Today’s MOU agreement highlights the continued joint-initiative in developing the facilities at Celukan Bawang in North Bali, allowing ships of up to 350m to berth directly. In addition, both parties will also explore possible joint developments of additional cruise ports operated by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), extending the collaboration beyond North Bali and further across Indonesia.
“At Genting Cruise Lines, we remain highly committed to the development of Indonesia as a key cruise hub for the region, as well as an important source market and destination for the tourism industry. We recognize the need for updated cruise infrastructure in the area and have actively taken the lead in pioneering improvements to port facilities in order to ensure the future growth of the cruise business,” said Mr. Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines. “We will continue to work closely with our Indonesian counterparts in creating new opportunities for the local cruise tourism to flourish as evidenced by the successful deployments of our ships to Jakarta, Medan, North Bali and Bintan Island recently, complemented by a series of ongoing collaborations to develop additional ports across Indonesia.”
Representing PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), President Director, Doso Agung shared that “We are excited on the rapid growth of the cruise tourism in Indonesia and look forward to establishing closer ties with Genting Cruise Lines for the development of cruise ports operated by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III and beyond. We are proud of the development under our portfolio particularly in Celukan Bawang. The ability to prepare the port in double quick time to receive Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream in December 2017 reiterates our joint commitment to the cruise tourism in Indonesia.”
The signing of the MOU was witnessed by ministers from both Indonesia and Singapore, along with Genting Cruise Lines representatives during the leaders retreat between Indonesia and Singapore held in Bali, Indonesia.
As a pioneer in the Asian cruise industry with a wealth of experience gleaned over 25 years in operation, Genting Cruise Lines continues to spearhead cruise development across different ports in the region including Guangzhou (Nansha) in China, Shimizu in Japan, Manila in the Philippines and most recently Bintan Island and Celukan Bawang in Indonesia. Ports throughout Asia continue to show promise and potential and Genting Cruise Lines will actively work with the various local government bodies and authorities to further develop port facilities and infrastructure, as well as to accommodate the growing number of cruise passengers with more ships of larger tonnage. “Through these on-going initiatives, our goal is to support local ports in Indonesia to enable them to progress and move up the value chain, which, in turn, will further boost the cruise industry not only in Indonesia but across Asia,” added Mr. Zhu.