This unit is the largest in Sumatera, located at
Gabion Belawan area, that is north east Sumatera, precisely around 30 km away from Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.
Belawan Container Terminal Unit is located at the mouth of Belawan River and Deli River with shipping channel that measures 13,5 km in length connecting the port to territorial waters in Malacca straits. Belawan Container Terminal Unit was established firstly in 1980 on impolder land extensively ± 30 hectares, and used officially by The President of Republic Indonesia on March 17th 1987. Container service development at Gabion Belawan was carried out in phase whether from organizational or service aspect, starting with the structure of UTPK Division organization under the management of Belawan branch on September 1st 1984 and started operating the service of loading and discharging with ship crane on February 10th 1985.
It operated fully as container terminal after being equipped with 2 units of container crane on March 1987. Based on Indonesia port corporation I director’s decree No.OT.09/I/I/PI-98 dated January 16th 1998, organization structure and the work administration of Belawan Container Terminal Business Unit was determined. Since then the division of container terminal business at the branch of belawan port was changed its status officially to be branch port or independent business unit of Indonesia port corporation I namely Belawan Container Terminal Business Unit in short UTPK Belawan