The Marine Security Coordinating Agency (Bakorkamla) inducted a new locally made patrol boat on Wednesday, which will coordinate all sea maneuvers for and provide information to all patrol boats from other agencies.
Named Kamla Indonesia 4801, the 48-meter patrol boat was produced in a year by private shipyard PT Palindo Marine in Batam, Riau Islands with a budget of Rp 48 billion (US$5.21 million).
Bakorkamla executive director Vice Adm. Y. Didik Heru Purnomo said the patrol boat was intended to fill in the gap left by the patrol boats of other stakeholder agencies in Bakorkamla, as most of the existing units were between 16 and 40 meters long.
“Field operations need supporting vessels in security and safety guard roles based on information technology,” he said. “This boat can fill in the gap and take a direct coordinating role at sea.”
He added the information could be acquired through a direct connection to Bakorkamla’s ground stations, dispersed from Sabang in Aceh to Merauke in Papua.
The induction was the second of three phases in the patrol boat’s procurement. The first phase was design and construction, the second phase was induction and the third phase will be the operational phase slated for September.
Didik said currently his agency had 20 patrol boats between 10 and 16 meters long operating throughout Indonesian waters. He said the Kamla Indonesia 4801 vessel would act as Bakorkamla’s mother ship.
“We managed to save Rp 1.5 trillion of state funds in the past four years. With better equipment, we are optimistic that we could prevent more losses,” he said.
PT Palindo Marine president director Harmanto, said the patrol boat was made by 100 Indonesian workers with most of the materials, steel for the hull and aluminum for the upper structure, being sourced locally.
“The patrol boat was completely made by Indonesian workers. It’s fuel efficient and can maneuver faster. (nvn)