Indonesian PT Tesco to build LCU for Indonesian Navy

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritim has announced the specifications of a new type of landing craft utility (LCU) that will soon be operated by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) learned GDC quoting PT Tesco sources.

The LCU has an overall length of 33 m, an overall beam of 7 m, and a draught of 1.4 m. The aluminium-hulled vessel has a standard displacement of 138 tonnes, and has been built according to Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) classifications.

The vessel has been built according to a design that has been developed in-country, said the shipbuilder. It was launched in 2019, and was made to undergo a series of sea trials and beaching tests from January 2020 onwards.

Powered by two Caterpillar C18 Acert engines that provide 1,136 bhp each, and two Caterpillar C4.4 generators, the LCU can attain a maximum speed of 20 kt, and an economic cruising speed of 15 kt.

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It can accommodate a crew of six, and carry up to 10,000 litres of marine gas oil, and 1,000 litres of fresh water. With its core crew, the vessel has an endurance of up to 30 days.

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