Hamburger Hafen und Logistik subsidiary Hamburg Port Consulting & Melchers Melindo Indonesia have signed a contract with the port operator Krakatau Bandar Samudera to provide an independent study aimed at validating the potential of extending the capacity of Krakatau International Port to handle cargo in addition to dry bulk and break-bulk commodities.Situated on the West coast of Java, the Krakatau International Port faces the Sunda Strait, one of Southeast Asia’s busiest marine trade routes, connecting the Java Sea with the Indian Ocean. The port serves a large industrial complex for steel production, which includes infrastructure for importing bulk iron ore and exporting steel products from three general cargo berths. Other cargoes handled include corn, soybean, sugar, soybean meal, gypsum, coal, salt and general cargo.PT KBS aims to maximize the potential for the port’s cargo handling ability and further develop its portfolio. The study will include market forecasts, a port operations development concept and a financial analysis, which will inform the port’s plan to expand facilities for handling other cargo types. The intention is to further participate in and benefit from the growing trade via the Sunda Strait.The contracting by PT KBS of the business development partner PT Melchers Melindo Indonesia, part of the business development group Melchers, and global port specialist HPC for this pre-feasibility study follows a Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties in November 2021.