Indonesia starts construction of new Hydro-Oceanographic ship


The First Steel cutting of new Survey ship for TNI-AL. Photo c/o

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine has started the construction of a new Hydro-Oceanographic Auxiliary ship for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), which was awarded to the shipyard by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence last December 2022.

The First Steel Cutting Ceremony for the ship construction project was held on 15 September 2023 at PT Palindo Marine’s facility in Batam City, Ministry of Defence – Defence Facilities Agency chief Brig. Gen. Heru Sudarminto and PT Palindo Marine President Director Mr. Harmanto leading the ceremony together with other officials of the Indonesian Navy and PT Palindo Marine. 

PT Palindo Marine is working in collaboration with German shipbuilder Abeking & Rasmussen, which is providing the ship’s technical design and equipment under a Transfer of Technology agreement between the two parties.

The ship is expected to be delivered to the Indonesian Navy by December 2024, and will be conducting surveying, mapping and underwater detection in support of the naval forces using its advanced surveying equipment.

The ship will have a length of 105 meters, a maximum beam of 17.4 meters, and a draft of 4.5 meters. It will have a crew of 90 officers and sailors, and have a maximum speed of 16 knots.

Asia Pacific Defense Journal reported back in July 2019 that the Indonesian Ministry of Defence is allocating an additional of IDR2.04 trillion (US$143 million in 2019) in the country’s defense budget to set aside for the acquisition of two hydrographic survey ships for the Indonesian Navy.

[1] Batam Today

[2] VOI

[3] Asia Pacific Defense Journal

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