Who We Are

PT Tanto Intim line (Tanto)
is one of the largest
shipping companies in Indonesia.


  • 1971

    Established in the early 1971 by Mr Herman Hartanto, we set our early roots as a conventional dry bulk shipping line.

  • 1974

    Tanto Sakti, at a 734 dwt, was the company’s first owned vessel to transport general cargo from Surabaya to Ambon.

  • 1976

    The line subsequently expanded through the purchase of second-hand cargo vessels.
    By 1976, Tanto operated services to most East Indonesia.

  • 1980

    The expansion continued through the 1980s and we outgrow our home office and move to current, Jln Perak Barat 43, office with just 8 employees.

  • 1992

    Just as the concept of containerization was making its own entrance, Tanto introduced its first container liner operation. Tanto Multi made its first voyage with a full capacity of 125 TEUs from Surabaya to Bitung on 18th June 1992

  • 1993

    Plan for expansion on land was also foreseen. Tanto Depo 1, sittong on a 1.2 hectare land started operation 1st February 1993, has a capacity of about 800 TEUs.

  • 1999

    A variety of new routes were added in the late 1990s to continue its rise as a mojor player in shipping. Our Jakarta office was opened in June 1999.

  • 2002

    Tanto adopted the internation Safety Management (ISM Code) in 2002 and incorporated it into our core values. Our first, Gorontalo, agent was also appointed on 9th September 2002.

  • 2008

    Tanto introduced a new Surabaya-Luwuk service.

  • 2010

    Implemented Indonesia's first via SMS Release Order (RO) and Online Container Information System.

  • 2012

    Tanto introduced new service route to Kendari, Balikpapan, Jayapura, Sorong, Manokwari, Nabire.

  • 2013

    Tanto introduced new route service to Pekanbaru and Batam.

  • 2014

    Tanto introduced a new route service to Padang.

  • 2015

    Tanto introduced a new route service to Tual.

  • Today

    Tanto serves 22 ports within the islands of Indonesia, employing a total of approximately 3,500 people. The company remains independent and wholly owned by its founder, Mr Herman Hartanto. Tanto is committed to provide quality transportation services to all its customers.