Established in the early 1971 by Mr Herman Hartanto, we set our early roots as a conventional dry bulk shipping line.
Tanto Sakti, at a 734 dwt, was the company’s first owned vessel to transport general cargo from Surabaya to Ambon.
The line subsequently expanded through the purchase of second-hand cargo vessels.
By 1976, Tanto operated services to most East Indonesia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tanto introduced a new Surabaya-Luwuk service.
Implemented Indonesia's first via SMS Release Order (RO) and Online Container Information System.
Tanto introduced new service route to Kendari, Balikpapan, Jayapura, Sorong, Manokwari, Nabire.
Tanto introduced new route service to Pekanbaru and Batam.
Tanto introduced a new route service to Padang.
Tanto introduced a new route service to Tual.
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.