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Cebu shipyards teaming up with Dutch company

December 5, 2006

em>• To start producing double-hulled tankers by ’08


By Riza T. Olchondra
Inquirer, Dec. 4, 2006

THE SHIPYARDS ASSOCIATION OF CEBU has tied up with the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Gorinchem to be able to make four double-hulled black tankers by 2008.

The partnership will allow the eight-member association to meet an expected surge in demand for double-hulled tankers by April 2008, the government’s deadline for all tankers to use double-hulled vessels.

SAC president Arthur Uy, who owns Cebu-based Colorado Shipyard Corp., told the Inquirer that the standard delivery time for double-hulled tankers with a deadweight of 3,750 was 16 months.

He said SAC would be ready to deliver the first double-hulled tanker in 16 months, and additional one for every five months thereafter.

Derk M. Herkemij, Damen’s sales manager for Asia Pacific, said each double-hulled black cargo tanker would cost between $13 million and $16 million.

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships is the main international convention requiring international black cargo tankers worldwide to be double-hulled and double-bottomed by 2008, and all interisland tankers to follow suit by 2015. The Philippines wants to follow the 2008 deadline for its 21 interisland black oil tankers.

The urgency was partly spurred by the single-hulled MT Solar I accident off Guimaras last Aug. 11, which resulted in a huge oil spill.

Human error was seen as a major factor in the accident and resulting spill, not the lack of a second hull, but maritime authorities and shipping companies have since agreed that the extra security provided by double-hulled and double-bottomed tankers would be worth the $10- million to $15-million investment per vessel.

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