Indonesia launches first electric sea vessel MV Iriana
Indonesia has rolled out MV Iriana, a bulk cement transport vessel that uses electric propulsion technology, the first ever to be made in Indonesia by PT Sumber Marine Shipyard, Tanjunguncang, Batam, Riau Islands. Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto lauded the launch of the vessel weighing 10 thousand deadweight tonnage made locally, saying that: "Being built in the country, all components of the ship, including steel, are sourced from Indonesia." According to ANTARA News, the same technology was utilised first by Japan, but Indonesia has made some progress by implementing the electric propulsion technology using less fuel. While Japanese technology can only save 10 percent fuel, Indonesia's technology can save up to 20 percent fuel from the operation. MV Iriana measures 117 meters in length, 25.5 meters in width, and 7.9 meters in height. It has a water depth of 6.3 meters and can achieve a speed of 10 knots. The ship building is in line with government measures to put the maritime sector as a priority in national development programs. Also included therein is the development of shipbuilding industry. The vessel was ordered by shipping service provider PT Pelayaran Andalas Bahtera Baruna.