NYK appoints first Indonesian LNG carrier captain

Japan’s shipping giant NYK said it has appointed Asep Dadang Kurniawan as the first Indonesian captain of one of its LNG carriers.

Captain Asep Dadang Kurniawan has been a member of the NYK Group since 2002 and initially served on container ships and chemical tankers, according to a statement by NYK.

From 2008, he transitioned to LNG carriers. NYK said in the statement the firm now appointed him to the position of captain of an LNG carrier that provides transportation services for the BP-led Tangguh LNG project in Indonesia.

“NYK will continue to train excellent Indonesian seafarers and contribute to the development of the Tangguh LNG project and, by extension, the Indonesian maritime industry,” the firm said.

“In this moment I would like to say thank you to the company for giving me trust to become the first Indonesian master on LNG ship,” Asep Dadang Kurniawan said in the statement.

“This is a big responsibility for me to be a master on LNG ship, but I will do with my best to ensure safe operation of the ship,” he said.

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