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Ships Ahoy: Bali’s Port of Benoa

Following Extensive Upgrades Bali International Cruise Port Now Able to Welcome Large International Cruise Ships

Bali’s international cruise port of Benoa has firmly established its ability to handle large cruise ships.

Since March of 2019, two mega-ships the MV Azamara Quest and MV Insignia, each measuring 30,277 gross registered tons, have berthed at the new piers now in operation.

On October 17, 2019, an even larger vessel, the MV Explorer Dream measuring 268 meters in overall length with a gross registered tonnage of 75,338 set a new record when the 1,856 passenger vessel tied up at the Benoa passenger pier.

Improvements at Benoa over the past several years, including extensive dredging and enlarging ships’ channels, now permits the maneuvering and berthing of very large cruise ships. The improvement undertaken by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III has deepened a channel that once only accommodated 9-meters of ship’s draft (low water spring depth-LWS) to a new LWS of 12-meters.

Prior to the enlargement of the port, only ships under 240 meters could berth alongside the passenger pier in South Bali.  Meanwhile, the turning basin has been enlarged from a previous limit of 300 meters to now permit ships with a length of 420 meters to maneuver in the port.

The width of the eastern basin has been enlarged from 150 meters to 200 meters, while the western basin has grown from 150 meters to 300 meters.

Other improvements include enlarging the capacity of the passenger cruise terminal from 900 passengers to 3,500 passengers covering a floor space of 5,600 square meters.

Port authorities at Benoa targeted 75 cruise ship visits for 2019. Through October 2019, a total of 55 ships have paid calls at the port carrying 29,755 passengers.

In 2018 the port welcomed 67 vessels.

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