JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – State owned energy company PT Pertamina expects eight tanker vessels which are being built by national shipbuilders with total costs of around US$200 million will be completed this year.
The tanker vessels have the capacity of 17,500 dead weight tons (DWT). The eight tanker vessels are MT Parigi and MT Pattimura which are built by PT Angrek Hitam Shipyard, MT Panderman, MT Papandayan, and MT Putri by PT Daya Radar Utama and MT Pasaman, MT Panjang and MT Pangrango by PT Multi Ocean Shipyard.
The order to build tanker vessels to national shipbuilders is part of Pertamina’s commitment to support national shipbuilding industry, said VP Corporate Communication of Pertamina Wianda Pusponegoro. At present, the largest domestically built tanker vessel has the capacity of 30,000 DWT, built by state owned shipbuilder PT PAL, namely MT Fastron.
Daya Radar Utama has successfully built MT Musi tanker vessel with capacity of 3,500 DWT with length of 90 meters, the largest ever tanker vessel built by Radar Utama. Therefore, Pertamina ordered to build three tanker vessels with capacity of 17,500 DWT with length of 157 meters, wide 28 meters and 12 meters high.
At present, the local content of the nationally-built tanker vessels are set 30-35 percent.
Meanwhile, Business Development Director of Daya Radar Utama Steven Angga Prana admitted that the company’s successful in building MT Musi in 2012 has triggered more others, including a vessel operated by the Nava (TNI AL), called KRI Bintuni.
Steven said it takes about 24 months to build new 17,500 DWT tanker vessel. Daya Radar, he said, employs 1,500 workers to work on the three tanker vessels ordered by Pertamina.
In addition to the above domestically-made tanker vessels, Pertamina also purchased tanker vessels built abroad, including China.
At present, Pertamina operates 76 tanker vessels, compared to 66 vessels at end of last year. It currently opeates a total of 273 tanker vessels, some of which are contracted vessels from third parties. (*)