The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI AL) continues to bolster its maritime capabilities by constructing another locally-built Harbour Tug vessel, marking the third of its kind. PT Noahtu Shipyard, in partnership with the Indonesian Navy, proudly unveiled this latest addition in a Shipnaming and Launching ceremony on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. The ceremony was led by Rear Admiral Agus Santoso, Assistant Logistics Chief of Staff of the Navy, at the Noahtu Shipyard in North Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok. The newly christened vessel, named “Gunung Ranai,” is a Harbour Tug designed to provide pilotage and towing services to facilitate the maneuvering of naval warships (Kapal Perang – KRI) in and out of ports. The construction of this vessel is driven by the increasing presence of naval warships in the Koarmada 1 fleet, which now includes Transport, Hospital Support, and Patrol ships. Therefore, the need for Harbour Tug vessels has arisen, and this particular vessel will be stationed in 1st Fleet Command (Komando Armada I – Koarmada I). This initiative aligns with the government’s efforts to boost the national economy, promote self-reliance in meeting the country’s primary weapon system needs
Rear Admiral Agus Santoso also disclosed key specifications of the vessel, highlighting its dimensions at 30 meters in length, 12 meters in width, and 5.10 meters in height. The vessel boasts a maximum speed of 12 knots and an endurance of up to 5 days, accommodating a crew of 10 personnel. The Harbour Tug vessel serves dual purposes. It functions as a Search and Rescue (SAR) vessel equipped with External Fire Fighting capabilities for firefighting and sea rescue operations. With an Independent Engine Drive capacity of 650 m3/hour and a reach of 90 meters, it is well-prepared for firefighting at sea or in ports. Additionally, the vessel is equipped with a 3 m3/hour Oil Dispersant System to combat oil spills at sea. The vessel’s capabilities, including a Bollard Pull of 35 tons, a 360-degree steering wheel, ship transfer, and escorting services facilitated by winches at the bow and stern. It is also equipped with an Azimuth Stem Drive propulsion system, enabling the vessel to maneuver seamlessly in all directions.