PASAY CITY – The Maritme Industry Authority (MARINA) has successfully hosted the PHILMARINE 2019: Continuous Quality and Productivity Improvement in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair (SBSR) Sector on 18-20 June 2019.

Hundreds of private companies and government entities from the maritime, shipbuilding, offshore, oil and gas, naval defense, and their supporting industries participated in the three-day affair.

In the exhibit, private stakeholders showcased their innovative products and services. Government partners, on the other hand, exhibited defense equipment and the model ship of the hybrid trimaran project – an eco-friendly vessel that operates on wave energy, instead of fuel, among other significant presentations.

In the technical conference, MARINA – Shipyards Regulation Service (MARINA-SRS) provided updates on the Philippine shipbuilding and ship repair sector, emphasizing the establishment of a global maritime hub or the MIDP’s priority program #5 that aims to transform the country into a one-stop destination for all maritime concerns, including bunkering and transshipment.

PH – JAPAN signs MOU on maritime industry 

A major highlight of the PHILMARINE 2019 was the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the MARINA, through OIC – Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso A Vingson Jr, and the Japan Ship Equipment and Machinery Association (JSMEA), through Chairman Shonzo Yamada.

MARINA and JSMEA have committed to exchange information on shipping market and current technological developments in the maritime industry such as maritime trade, shipbuilding, and ship equipment in Philippines and Japan; as well as to conduct dialogues and capacity building in shipping trends among member companies of both parties through regular visits. Above all, the MOU will help establish a concrete ancillary industry for local shipping and shipbuilding in the Philippines.