The 17,000 islands that make up the nation of Indonesia are some of the most beautiful on the planet, covered with craggy volcanic mountains and tropical forests. But the same lush landscape that attracts millions of tourists to the country every year is also one of the challenges facing PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero), the state-owned operator of Indonesia’s rail system.
The country’s rail network, which serves the major islands of Java and Sumatra, frequently runs over soft volcanic soil that is prone to erosion when the annual monsoon rains arrive.
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PT KAI Executive Vice President for Logistics Pak Solihin
With much of the rail infrastructure operating at capacity, preventing track loss and delays requires careful planning and vigilance.
“The climate can be a major challenge, particularly during the monsoon seasons,” explains PT KAI Executive Vice President for Logistics Pak Solihin. “The soil on Java, in particular, is used for agriculture and is very soft. But thanks to experience, we know the areas where we need to take special precautions, and we can work to prevent most incidents.”