Philippine conglomerate Herma Group, through its shipbuilding arm Herma Shipyard (HSI), launched a new coastal oil tanker in a formal ceremony on Wednesday, May 16.
HSI built the tanker for sister company Herma Shipping and Transport Corporation (HSTC), a petroleum hauling service provider that operates throughout the Philippines.
Construction of the 86-metre by 13-metre, 3,000DWT vessel took place entirely at HSI’s Mariveles facilities in Bataan province some 170 kilometres north of Manila.
The American Bureau of Shipping-classed tanker has been christened Maringal ("stately") following HSTC’s practice of naming its larger coastal tankers after Filipino virtues.
I represented Baird Maritime at the launching, which commenced at approximately 09:45 local time to take advantage of the high tide in Mariveles Bay.
Maringal is the newest addition to HSTC’s current fleet of seventeen ships which includes coastal oil tankers, self-propelled shallow-draught bay and river tanker barges, and small tugs.
The newly launched ship is the final one of five internationally-classed oil tankers built by HSI for HSTC.
The four other HSI-built internationally-classed tankers in the HSTC fleet are Matikas ("elegant"), Matapat ("faithful"), Malingap ("caring"), and Matipuno ("robust"), which were delivered between 2008 and 2017.
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