The First Filipino-made RoRo ship launched

The First Filipino-made RoRo ship launched

Being an archipelagic country it is but natural for us to be a maritime nation.

Pre Hispanic Filipinos have been a people of the sea, they would barter, trade, or go to war with their boats “balangay” as their main equipment.

So it is a proud moment when the made its first roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel  which was launched over the weekend at North Harbor in Manila.

M/V Isla Simira of the Shogun Ships Corp.
(photo credit to owner)

This feat is seen as a big boost to the  local ship-building industry. 
The 468-seater M/V Isla Simara passenger ship with a 12-meter long vehicle ramp is the brainchild of Shogun Ships Corp. Inc. and Josefa Slipways Inc.
It also has the distinction to be the first RoRo ship in the Philippines with a modern Automation and Control System that can be monitored real-time in the company’s head office. 

M/V Isla Simara is also the first local RoRo ship with a” Marine Evacuation System, a lifesaving device that is similar to an airplane’s evacuation chute through which passengers can slide directly to a lifeboat without getting wet.

The maiden commercial trip would be from Matnog to Allen towns in Northern Samar.
“This will boost the local ship-building industry in the Philippines,” said Thadedeus Jovelanos, president of Philippine Register of Shipping. 
“It shows that we can build better, better, and better because we continuously learn,” he added. 

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