Sea Passengers Drop 80 Percent During COVID-19 Pandemic

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PT Dharma Lautan Utama menggelar rakernas di Yogyakarta untuk mensikapi pengembangan usaha di masa pandemi COVID-19 dan peningkatan kinerja. Foto Antara/Victorianus Sat Pranyoto
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NUSADAILY.COM – SLEMAN – Sea transportation services company PT Dharma Lautan Utama admitted that during the COVID-19 pandemic the number of passengers aboard ships and ships crossing between islands in Indonesia decreased dramatically by more than 80 percent.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic or it can be said that during 2020 sea transportation services have decreased by more than 80 percent, be it passenger transport ships or crossing ships,” said President Director of PT Dharma Lautan Utama Erwin H Poedjono after the National Working Meeting of PT Dharma Lautan Utama in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Saturday.

He hopes that during the pandemic all modes of transportation will get incentives and relaxation in order to run the wheels of the company.

“So far a number of industries have received incentives, special namum in the crossing industry has not received incentives or relaxation,” he said.

He said, this condition is different from other manufacturing industries, where getting facilities or incentives up to pph-free.

“Here we have to bear the name of the final tax stipulated in income tax article 15. That one is both loss and profit,” he said.

Improving Performance For Better Efficiency
Erwin said, on this basis, rakernas in this pandemic period is more focused on how to improve performance whose goal is for effectiveness and efficiency.

“Sea transportation and crossing transportation is a transportation that is not only as ordinary public transportation, but super mass public transportation that also has a function as infrastructure connecting the highway network separated by rivers by lakes and by the sea. This is because the infrastructure function is very important so of course our government expects to intervene by providing incentives,” he said.

He said that on the other hand, it is also committed to improving its services, such as capacity availability services for passenger comfort.

“The first person if pengin go it must make sure that the ship can be safe, from the side of ‘security’ first then the comfort. It can be customized to the customer’s liking. The customer’s expectation is that we are given the resources to fulfill that desire,” he said. (lal)