The Philippines finally has an entry for the world’s biggest commercial vessels as Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction-Philippines has unveiled the 20,600-TEU class container vessel, a giant ship that’s 100% Filipino made.
The said 20,600-Twenty Foot Equivalent (TEU) ship is made in Subic, Zambales, and measures 400 meters in length, 59 meters in width, and 33 meters in depth. To give you a knack on how big that is, that’s equivalent to the size or four football fields combined.
The commercial vessel which took more than two years to built can be used to transport 20,950 units of 40-foot shipping container that is estimated to be up to 12.5 kilometers long.
Jo Yoo-Hoan, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Managing Director and Naval Architect expressed pride on being able to work with and witness the craftsmanship and talent of Filipino ship makers.
“We’re very proud of it, with the Philippine workers and the staff, very proud of them. They are so organized, so kind, and so skillful. Wonderful, you know, workers. Our relationship between Korea and Philippines is fantastic.” Jo said.
The launch of the said vessel was graced by former president and incumbent Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who recalled how Hanjin Heavy invested USD $1 billion to as initial fund to build the said ship in 2005.
“Even though we are now recovering from the global recession, petroleum production has gone down, the demand for oil tankers has gone down. So, the ship-building industry continues to have its challenges,” Arroyo said.
Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon urged maritime academies in the country to emphasize naval architectural design in their curriculum.
“It is high time, I think, that part of the contribution of Hanjin should be to welcome maritime design. But before they can do that, our government must therefore make sure that part of naval architectural design be incorporated in the naval courses or the maritime courses of the maritime academies all over the Philippines,” Gordon said.