Pelni ( Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia ) is the national shipping company from Indonesia. Pelni operates 28 vessels, of which 25 offer based on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, a variety of connections to 80 ports throughout the archipelago in 2006. The names of the ships are shown in the map. Three other ships ( KM Kerinci, KM Wilis and KFC Jet Liner) be operated without fixed schedule and are available for charter services or substitute vessels if one of the regular ships of the line is in the dock. If we add the links offered by the chartered vessels, a total of 101 ports to be approached.


Pelni was established on the basis of two decrees issued by the Indonesian Minister of Transport dated 28 February and from 20 June 1952 to life. Start-up capital were eight vessels that were taken over by the Foundation of Ship Control Center. Since these were not sufficient, were taken from the bank Ekspor importers loans to buy another 45 boats from Western Europe. As long as these were not delivered, foreign ships were chartered. There were also some ships that were made by the Japanese as war reparations to the Republic of Indonesia.

1961 Pelni was transformed from a limited company to a public company, it was then again on 30 October 1975 on the Limited Company.

1983 Pelni received the monopoly of the passenger shipping. Until then, the ship traffic in Indonesia was mainly with private trawlers, sailing ships and freighters. This took part also passengers, but had mostly not aligned no fixed timetable and were on the needs of the travelers.

Meanwhile, the Pelni ships operating on fixed routes and provide passengers with regular connections also to the outer islands of the archipelago. Furthermore, three ro-ro ferries operated by Pelni, through which it is possible to transport vehicles between Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi

Ship fleet

The fleet is continually being expanded and modernized. So Pelni had 22 vessels in 2000, bringing a total of 32,300 passengers were transported, in 2005 there were already 28 ships for a total of 37,200 passengers. A large part of the ships were built in Germany.

The ships usually have several classes: The classes 1-4 are the different classes offer cabin comfort for 2 to 8 people. There are also in each ship Economy Class, in the be made in large dormitories beds with a mattress topper. Other features of the ships are onboard restaurants, cafeterias, kiosks, and some movie theaters and dance venues. Also located on each ship a small mosque.


Aboard the KM Awu

Dining room for the 1st and 2nd class

Dormitory Economy Class

Food Distribution in Economy Class


Board kiosk

Board Mosque