The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has unveiled the first Filipino-constructed roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) passenger ship, the M/V Isla Simara, built by Josefa Slipways Incorporated and Shogun Ships Corporation.
Classed by the Philippine Register of Shipping (PRS), the M/V Isla Simara is a 468-seater RoRo passenger ship with a ramp of 12 meters – the longest in the Philippines. It has an overall length of 72 meters, breadth of 16 meters, and 16 rally cargoes. Moreover, it is equipped with a marine evacuation system designed to evacuate the maximum number of persons safely with the least amount of time along with built-in life-saving apparatuses.
The M/V Isla Simara is expected to take her first journey in July 2019.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez, together with MARINA – Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS) Director Engr. Ramon Hernandez and MARINA – Enforcement Service (ES) OIC – Director Capt. Rommel Mendoza, recognized the Josefa Slipways Incorporated and Shogun Ships Corporation for their active collaboration with the government to promote safe and high-quality locally-constructed vessels, as envisioned in the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP).
Finally, MARINA urges local shipbuilders and ship operators to continue in improving the quality of locally-constructed vessels for the enhancement of the Philippine maritime industry.