Subic Freeport company builds PH coastal defense boats

Subic Freeport company builds PH coastal defense boats




Its Proudly Philippine made boats for the Philippine National Police.

A Filipino-owned boat building company located inside the US Naval Base - Subic Freeport has been producing Highspeed patrol boats for Philippine military’s litoral force.

 Safehull Marine Technologies, Inc., which occupies a factory and warehouse at Subic’s Global Industrial Park,has just delivered 21 high-speed tactical watercraft (HSTW) for deployment by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Mindanao this year, this is according to Wilma Eisma, chairperson and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

A high-speed tactical watercraft  being produced by Safehull Marine Technologies Inc. inside Subic Freeport (photo by PNA)


“These are sleek, good-looking boats that you would mistake for pleasure yachts, but they’re really fast and stable and could be mounted with guns for tactical missions,” Eisma said.
“It makes us proud that these vessels are made in Subic, and that they are a product of a Filipino company,” she said.
The 40 feet long HSTW was commissioned and will be used by the PNP for patrolling the country’s exclusive economic zone, law enforcement and peace and order, as well as for humanitarian assistance and disaster response(HADR).
Each 40 feet long HSTW, isequipped with three Honda outboard motors, the fiberglass-hulled boats can reach a top speed of 45 knots and are intended to operate approximately 200 miles from shore under slight to moderate sea conditions.
Safehull Marine, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Manila -  -based Propmech Corporation, is engaged in the fabrication of ship and its components, ship repair, and engineering services for design and installation of parts and modules.
30% of the boats built here in Subic are for clients in the defense industry, including the United States military.
It was the Propmech and Safehull joint venture that led to the building of the 3 multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) that were delivered to the Philippine Navy in 2009, 2012 and 2017; a 15-meter landing craft vehicle personnel (LCVP) for the Philippine Navy; as well as 136 units of 50-horsepower rubber boats for the PNP.

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