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Jakarta Post

Helmsman killed in Pertamina’s vessel explosion in Central Java

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Mon, April 3, 2017   /   04:30 pm
Helmsman killed in Pertamina’s vessel explosion in Central Java A tourist enjoys the beauty of coral reefs in the waters of Karimunjawa Islands in Central Java while snorkeling. (Tempo/-)

A helmsman of a vessel of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina was killed and three of its crew members were injured when the boat exploded while carrying fuel to Karimunjawa Islands in Central Java on Friday morning.

Pertamina's Central Java spokerperson, Andar Titi Lestari, confirmed on Monday that the helmsman, Muhammad Arifin, 48, died on the way to Telogorejo Hospital in Semarang on Friday night. Crew members Bambang, 63, Ahmad Bayuri, 35 and Abdul Rosid, 30, were still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Andar said the vessel carried 18 drums of biosolar and 36 drums of Pertalite. Each drum’s capacity was 200 liters. “We temporarily halted the dispatch of eight kiloliters of Pertalite and 16 kiloliters of biosolar to Karimunjawa, because of the incident.

“We will increase the volume of Pertalite to 32 kiloliters and biosolar to 40 kiloliters, once the substituted vessel meets the safety standard for carrying fuel,” she said, adding that Pertamina was still coordinating with the Jepara regency administration, the Central Java administration and the port master.

Monthly fuel consumption at Karimunjawa's only fuel station reached some 40 kiloliters of Pertalite and 65 to 75 kiloliters of biosolar, ever since it became a marine tourism center.