SURABAYA, July 17 (JDN.id) – The current global trade war can be an opportunity for the Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, especially for state-run shipbuilder Penataran Angkatan Laut (PAL), Indonesian Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said.
The shipbuilder is now able to produce military and non-military marine products, including ships, the minister on Monday during a visit to the company’s shipyard.
“This trade war is actually our opportunity. It could benefit us for budget efficiency by developing better (strategic) domestic industry,” Pandjaitan said as stated in the ministry’s statement.
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PAL is currently producing its third submarine, namely warship Alugoro-405 in cooperation with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), according to its CEO Budiman Saleh.
Spareparts of the submarine are from South Korea and assembling process is at PAL shipyard. The production is expected to finish this year.
He said the supremacy of the submarine is on its precision and no deformed. Saleh said the company hopes to be able to fulfill the need of Indonesia’s Navy. It also targets foreign buyers including from African and Southeast Asian countries.
The company has gotten a purchase order for 19 unit fast missile boats as well as a Landing Platform Dock (LPD), Pandjaitan said.
To anticipate the current trade war, he said, the government has a plan to revise its policy on biodiesel B20, to make biodiesel B30 and reduce importance of gasoline.