Indonesia with two-thirds of its territory being water presents quite difficult logistical challenges. Although Indonesia is rich in natural resources, this is not matched by the availability of suitable means of transportation. With the form of an archipelago, logistics costs are not cheap.
Seeing this reality, Samudera Indonesia together with Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) are collaborating to realize innovation in the form of a more efficient LNG transportation tool. The hope is that with this innovation, the logistics costs for transporting LNG can be more competitive and economically affordable.
Armed with more than 65 years of experience in the shipping world, Samudera Indonesia will provide support in terms of setting competency standards for crews and ship's crews, preparing standard operating procedures for commercial ship operations, and according to health and safety standards, and preparing ship maintenance and management modules.
The signing of the MoU by Samudera Indonesia was represented by the President Director, Bani M. Mulia on Monday (8/3) at the BPPT Head Office. "Apart from being the work of the nation's children, this ship will certainly be the right solution for logistics conditions in Indonesia and can be implemented quickly without waiting for other infrastructure developments such as ports, docks, and storage," said Bani.
"The main focus of this shipbuilding is to achieve a competitive and affordable distribution cost so that in the end, alternative energy such as LNG can be utilized by people in remote areas of Indonesia," he added.
Currently, the ship prototype design is in the process of finalizing approval by Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (BKI). The estimated time required for construction and supervision is 16 months and will lastly go through the operational and implementation stages.