Head of Licensing Sub BP Batam (Batam Industrial Development Authority) Yayan Achyar said data from January to September 2010 there were over 19 companies from the Korean shipyard, Japan, Europe and the United States which will open its factory in Batam with an investment of trillions of rupiah. More than 19 foreign shipyard company will open a factory in Batam, so Batam shipyard will be the base industry in Southeast Asia, "said Yayan in Batam, Riau Islands, Thursday (28/10). The company will open a shipbuilding services, repair, and maintenance of large ships and small boats. If the plan is realized, then Batam will become the largest shipbuilding industrial base, not only in Indonesia but also in Southeast Asia. Former Chairman of the Batam Shipyard Association, Bahrun, said the company already operates shipyards in Batam is currently around 100 companies from Singapore, the United States, Europe, Korea, and Japan.
Some companies are very interested in foreign shipyards to build a factory in Batam because of the depth of the sea in Batam is good enough to build the industry. In addition, labor costs are relatively cheap and most of the workforce in Batam quite skilled. Meanwhile, the Batam Authority or Exploitation Agency FTZ Batam provide specific land area of 6700 hectares with over 18 kilometers of coastline in the area of Tanjung knapsack that can be rented by the company's foreign shipyards to build a plant in Batam.