Philippine shipbuilder Herma launches coastal oil tanker Maringal

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.

Nelson E. Dela Cruz

Nelson Dela Cruz is Baird Maritime's news editor and Philippines correspondent as well as a former local facilitator of Interferry's FerrySafe project in Manila and Cebu.