JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – State owned energy company PT Pertamina is strengthened its owned fleet as part of its move to improve efficiency as reflected by recent orders of tanker vessels to local and overseas shipbuilders. These newly build tanker vessels will arrive in the next one or two years.
Currently, Pertamina used its owned tanker vessels as well as tanker vessels owned by other companies on contracted basis. Pertamina through its subsidiary Pertamina Shipping operates a fleet of approximately 200 ships, out of which over a quarter are owned ships. These comprises of 136 contracted vessels and 64 owned vessels.
The company claimed that using owned vessels is proved to be cheaper and more efficient compared to contracting vessels from other tanker owners. Pertamina claimed to have saved around US$22 million or Rp287 billion from transporting crude oil by its owned tanker vessels.
At end of last year, PT Pertamina Shipping, a subsidiary of Pertamina, completed the development of two tanker vessels, which was built by China’s privately-held shipbuilder New Century Shipbuilding. The ribbon-cuting ceremony for the launching of the two vessels with capacity of 40,000 LTDW crude oil was held at the NCS shipyard at end December last year.
The two ships, are the second and third crude oil tankers Pertamina ordered through its subsidiary Pertamina Shipping in March 2014.
Pertamina shipping ordered three 40,000-dwt new-buildings slated for delivery during the first half of 2016. World Maritime News reported that Pertamina has an option to order an additional unit. The estimated price of the three tankers is US$ 90 million.
PT Pertamina has also ordered eight units of general purpose (GP) vessels worth US$200 million or Rp 2.7 trillion from three national shipbuilders, namely PT Anggrek Hitam Shipyard, PT Daya Radar Utama and PT Multi Ocean Shipyard.
The eight vessels with capacity of 17,500 deadweight tonnage (DWT) will be delivered beginning from this year until end of 2017.
“This gives opportunity to domestic shipbuilding companies to build tanker vessels,” said Wianda Puspanegoro, a spokesperson of Pertamina.
PT Anggrek Hitam Shipyard located in Batam, Riau Islands is building two tanker vessels namely MT Parigi and MT Pattimura. PT Daya Radar Utama located in Lamongan, East Java, will build tanker vessel, MT Panderman, MT Papandayan and MT Putri.
PT Multi Ocean Shipyard which owns shipyard in Riau Siland is building MT Pasaman tanker vessel to distribute fuels, MT Panjang to distribute aviation fuel and MT Pangrango to transport crude oil.
In total, by 2017 Pertamina will add 11 new tanker vessels.
The Head of the Indonesia Shipbuilding and Offshore Association (IPPERINDO) Eddy Kurniawan Logam said he appreciates Pertamina’s move to order newly built vessels in domestic shipbuilding industries as such orders will revive the country’s shipbuilding industry.(*)
By Rambu Energy staff writer (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)