Shipyards formalize national association

Story LeadIn its signed declaration earlier this May, the members of SHAP, professed to work together with MARINA and other government agencies towards the realization of a strong maritime industry which provides a shipbuilding and ship repair hub in the Asian region.

In order to get there, the organization has for its objectives the following: (1) to develop shipyard capacities and manpower capabilities in order to provide greater quality outputs; (2) to provide excellent working conditions and adopt environmental safety standards; (3) to create seamless working system and direct communication lines with MARINA, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Board of Investments, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, local government units, Congress, and other government agencies for drafting plans, programs, agenda for legislation, policies and regulations; also for sharing information on issues that affect the sector on areas as environment, safety and quality standards, international accreditation and others.

Also part of its objectives is the drafting of legislative agenda that will ensure the enhancement of the global competitiveness of Philippine shipyards. SHAP is also looking forward to collaborations, technical co-operations, exchanges and industry tie-ups with international associations for further development of the shipbuilding and ship repair sector.

MARINA’s chief for shipyards regulations services Engr. Ramon C. Hernandez, during a previous seminar-workshop with shipyard stakeholders in Cebu, welcomed the creation of a national association of all the 113 shipyards strategically distributed in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Hernandez cited in his report that part of the challenges the Philippine shipyards face are the provision of attractive financing options and the availability of the supply of basic machinery, equipment and spare parts for shipbuilding and ship repair, including marine grade steel.

Hernandez added, “with a formal organization of shipyards stakeholders, the challenges the sector faces can now
be properly addressed.”

MARINA administrator Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr, on the other hand, regarded the SHAP formalization as “one major step towards the enhancement of Philippine shipbuilding and ship repair sector as government can now provide aid after gauging the needs of our shipyards.”

SHAP will be launched on June 17, 2015, during the opening of the Marine Shipbuilding and Offshore event at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila.

Meanwhile, the initial SHAP members are: Austal Shipyard, Chesteel Marina, Colorado Shipyard Corp., Elfa Shipyard Corp., Fortune Shipbuilding and Lighterage, Frabelle Shipyard, Herma Shipyard & Eng’g Inc., Josefa Slipways Inc., Keppel Subic Shipyard, Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works, RBL Shipyard, RRT Marine Service Corp., R & LT Shipyard and Realty Devt Corp,. SAS Shipyard Inc., Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, and Western Shipyard.