JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – State owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) has received a white oil tanker vessel, called Pangkalan Brandan, from stated owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia.
The vessel was the second tanker vessel built by PAL Indonesia. The first tanker vessel built by the state-owned shipbuilder was Pagerungan, which was delivered on Nov. 12, 2014. The delivery of the tanker vessel adds Pertamina’s owned fleet to 69 units. Currently, Pertamina operates 200 tanker vessels to distribute and transport oil across the archipelago, some of which are rented from other parties.
Pertamina spent US$24 million to build the Pangkalan Brandan tanker vessel. The commissioning of the tanker vessel, held on Feb. 9-12 was successful, Pertamina said in a statement.
The newly-built vessel will be used to transport fuel to and from Balongan in West Java, Tuban in the north coast of East Java, Tanjung Wangi port in Banyuwangi as well as from and to other fuel hubs in Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
“The delivery of the tanker vessel shows our commitment to build national maritime industry,” Pertamina Marketing Director Ahmad Bambang said.
Up until end of 2015, Pertamina expects to receive tanker vessels built domestically, including Cargo Oil Tank Coating with capacity of 17,500 LTDW called Pattimura and Parigi which are being built by PT Anggrek Hitam, in Batam and tanker vessel Pasaman with capacity of 17,500 LTDW being built by PT Multi Ocean Shipyard, Karimun.
“Pertamina under its long-term plan, has set a commitment to prioritize cooperation with national shipbuilders in line with their competence. Pertamina has also been consistent in complying with cabotage principle,” he said.
Under the cabotage principle, only Indonesian flag-vessels that are allowed to transport goods within the archipelago. (*)