An official of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia said Gloria 28, the alternative to the Super Shuttle RoRo 12 is set to sail for the second time from Indonesia to Davao.
Gloria 28, a smaller vessel with a load capacity of 256 tons, is now operating as alternative to the Davao-General Santos-Bitung (Sulawesi, Indonesia) Super Shuttle 12 Roll-On Roll-Off route, which stopped sailing due to lack of load.
“Our RoRo now is in jeopardy. Since it is facing difficulties we looked for an alternative using a smaller vessel and this vessel already sail. We put lots of efforts to launch this small RoRo,” Consul General Berlian Napitupulu said.
Napitupulu said the small vessel was in Sta. Ana Wharf last October and will be back this week. He said the vessel will be carrying products from Manado but will also carry back the products from Davao.
“For instance they bring Christmas decorations to Manado because most of Manados are Christians and they are celebrating Christmas,” he said.
He said the vessel is not big but it can facilitate trade between Indonesia and Davao.
“Only less than one month they come again here and for me it’s better to have small things rather than big things but very rare,” Napitupulu said.
He said most of the products coming from Indonesia are agriculture products. Yet, last time Indonesian businessmen imports plywood from Davao and also imported Christmas decors and some soft drinks (Coke) from the city.
“This is small but it started already rather to have big one but not economical. The vessel goes directly from Davao to Indonesia. Depend on the commodities. This sail directly Davao to Manado,” he said.
He said he is targeting to load a modest number of products from Mindanao. He said usually Gloria 28 is hall-full when voyaging from Indonesia to Davao.
“If there are any two kinds of Indonesian food and beverage coming to Mindanao I am happy. To bring two products is not easy,” he said.
He is also looking at connecting other provinces of Indonesia like South Sulawesi to get more cargo. He is also working on promoting the Indonesia-Philippines bilateral relationship particularly on trade to accumulate more loads/cargo.
The Davao-General Santos-Bitung (Sulawesi, Indonesia) was launched on April 30 in Davao City with President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Maya M. Padillo