JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – Indonesia’s state owned diversified energy company PT Pertamina (Persero) on Wednesday (Jan. 27) adds one new tanker vessel to strengthen its fleet, called MT Sanggau with capacity of 40,000 long ton dead weight (LTDW), which will be used to transport crude oil inside the country.
The tanker vessel worth US$31 million, which the company claims to carry concept of Eco Ship which is efficient and environmentally friendly, is produced by China’s Newtimes Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, located in Jinjiang, Jiangsu province in China.
Pertamina said the vessel was originally slated to be delivered in March 2016 this year, however, it was delivered earlier than scheduled, said Senior Vice President Shipping at the Directorate for Marketing of Pertamina Mulyono in Jinjiang on Wednesday.
The tanker vessel is equipped with Ballast Water Treatment, Oil Discharge Monitoring, while its gas emissions complies to the IMO (International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier II level.
The tanker vessel is also supported by electronic fuel injection technology and variable timing on its gas emission system, as well as pre-shrouded vane (PSV) and rudder bulb that allows fuel efficiency of around 5-7 percent.
The move to add owned fleet is part of the Partamina’s drive to increase cost efficiency as well as complying the cabotage regulation, which requires only domestic vessels have the right to transport point to point within Indonesia.
The MT Sanggau tanker vessel is among tanker vessels ordered abroad, however, Pertamina also orders some tanker vessels to domestic shipbuilders.
As of end 2016, Pertamina owns 72 units of vessels, out of total 273 vessels under operation. In addition operating owned vessel, Pertamina also rents or leases tanker vessels owned by private shipping or tanker vessel operators such as Soechi Lines.
Pertamina said 34 units of tanker vessels or 47 percent of its owned fleet were produced by domestic shipbuilders. (*)