Tuesday, 12 January 2010

US$ 68M first RP-made oil tanker delivered by Hanjin


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Zambales, Jan. 11 (PNA) -- The shipbuilding industry in this free port recorded another milestone as Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC) recently unveiled its first oil tanker during a ceremony inside the Hanjin compound at the Redondo Peninsula here.

The 114,000-deadweight ton tanker was named “Leyla K” by its Turkish owners, the Kaptanoglu Shipping Line.

Hanjin officials said it is the first and biggest oil crude tanker ever built in the Philippines.

Leyla K measures 241.3-meter in length and 44-meter in breadth. The first steel for the ship was cut on November 2008, while its keel was laid on May 2009.

The ship was launched last October.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Feliciano Salonga, who witnessed the naming ceremony along with SBMA administrator Armand Arreza and Zambales Gov. Amor Deloso, was visibly impressed by the record-setting event by Hanjin, as well as the growing skill of its Filipino employees.

The naming ceremony was also attended by HHIC-Philippines President Seung Chil Lee and staff, representatives of the ship classification society Lloyd Register, and officers of the Turkish shipping line Kaptanoglu, headed by Engin Kaptanoglu, who ordered the vessel from Hanjin.

Salonga said the production of the first oil tanker marks a new era for Subic.

“Subic Bay Freeport is now in the big league of shipbuilding,” Salonga said.

“I won’t be surprised if (Hanjin) will start constructing several oil tankers at the same time. Our Filipino workers are getting the hang of shipbuilding, and it won’t be long before Filipino shipbuilders will be famous in this industry,” he added.

The $ 1.7-billion Hanjin shipyard in the Subic Bay Freeport is now the world’s fourth largest shipbuilding facility and currently employs 17,000 workers.

Salonga said that as of end-2009, Hanjin has produced eight container and bulk vessels.

By 2012, Hanjin is due to deliver 36 more vessels to customers from all over the world.

Hanjin started constructing its Subic shipyard on February 2006 and delivered its first product on July 2008 — the 4,300-TEU container ship “Argolikos.”

Hanjin’s first ship was delivered to the Greek shipping company Dioryx. (PNA)

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