Economic Contribution of Regional Feeder Ports to The Local Economy In Indonesia

Article Info
Submitted: 28-07-2017
Published: 01-07-2017

Indonesia regional feeder ports’ main function is to serve marine transport activities between regency/city in a province in limited quantities. The intention of the government to make marine transportation as the backbone of national logistic transportation system puts these ports to an important position, as suppliers for the main and/or collector ports and as goods distribution centers for the region from the bigger ports. Not only as a provider of accessibility between regions, regional feeder ports should be seen as an investation to boost regional economy. This study aims to explain the influences of regional feeder ports on regency/city economy, based on the port types: (1) cargo ports, and (2) cargo & passengers ports. Results showed that both types of ports have positive influences on the regency/city economy, although it is not related to region’s economic base sector. Cargo ports which are mainly located on west area of Indonesia, supports the region’s economy more than cargo & passenger ports which are mainly located on the east.


regional feeder port, influence, regional economy

  1. Ibnu Syabri 
    Regional and Urban Infrastructure System Research Group, School of Architecture, Planning, and Policy Development, Bandung Institute of Technology , Indonesia
  2. Pritta Andrani Widyanarko 

Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Produk Domestik Regional Bruto Provinsi-Provinsi di Indonesia Menurut Lapangan Usaha 2009-2013. Central Bureau of Statistics, Jakarta.

De Neufville, R., Tsunokawa, K., 1981. Productivity and returns of scale of container port. Maritime Policy and Management 8 (2): 121-129.

Deng, Ping, Shiqing Lu, and Hanbin Xiao, 2013. Evaluation of The Relevance Measure Between Ports and Regional Economy Using Structural Equation Modeling. Transport Policy 27: 123-133.

Fugita, M and Mori T. (1996), "The Role of ports in the making of Major Cities: Self Agglomeration and Hub Effect", Journal of Development Economics, Vol 49-1, pp 93-120.

Hein, Carola, 2011. Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks. Routledge, New York.

Hirshman, A. O., 1958. “The Strategy of Economic Development”. In Adisasmita, Rahardjo, 2014. Pertumbuhan Wilayah & Wilayah Pertumbuhan, Graha Ilmu, Yogyakarta.

Kachigan, Sam Kash, 1986. Statistical Analysis. Radius Press, New York.

Ferrari, Claudio, 2011. “Ports and Regional Economic Development.” Global Ports and Urban Development: Challenges and Opportunities. Paris: OECD, 9 December 2011.

Perloff, H. and Wingo, L, 1961. “Natural Resource Endowment and Economic Growth”. In Adisasmita, Sakti Adji, 2011. Transportasi dan Pengembangan Wilayah, Graha Ilmu, Yogyakarta.

Rodrigue, Jean-Paul, 2013. The Concept of Maritime Range. (accessed on May 25, 2015).

—. 2013. The Port as a Funnel to Economic Development. (accessed on May 25, 2015).

Rodrigue, Jean-Paul, and Joseph Schulman, 2013. The Economic Impacts of Port Investments. (accessed on May 25, 2015).

Rodrigue, Jean-Paul, Theo Notteboom, and Brian Slack, 2013. Maritime Transportation. (accessed on May 25, 2015).

Widyanarko, Pritta Andrani, 2015. Pengaruh Pelabuhan Pengumpan Regional terhadap Perekonomian Wilayah Kabupaten Kota (Regional Feeder Ports Effects on Regional Economy of Regency/City). Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung.