The Jakarta Post
State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is set to operate two more tankers ' MT Pagerungan and MT Pangkalan Brandan ' produced by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia.
Pertamina corporate communication vice president Ali Mundakir said construction of the two tankers had entered the final stage.
'The tankers will be handed over soon,' he said in a statement in Jakarta on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Pagerungan and Pangkalan Brandan are Indonesia's first locally manufactured tankers with a total deadweight of 17,500 long ton dead weight (LTDW) each.
'Construction of the tankers is part of Pertamina's participation in Indonesia's domestic industry empowerment programs to create synergy among state-owned enterprises,' said Ali.
He said Pertamina would continue to make use of tankers produced by domestic dockyard companies.
Since 2005, Pertamina has ordered 11 locally produced tankers with a total deadweight of between 3,500 DWT and 6,500 DWT.
From 2013 until now, Pertamina has signed new contracts for the development of seven oil tankers with deadweight of 17,500 LTDW with local shipbuilders.
'Development of the seven general-purpose category tankers will be completed and will be ready to strengthen our oil distribution vessel fleet in 2015-2016,' said Ali.
He said Pertamina had remained consistent in implementing the cabotage principle as part of domestic maritime industry empowerment efforts, particularly in terms of vessel ownership; the use of Indonesian-flagged vessels; and the empowerment of ship crew members of Indonesian nationality. (ebf)
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