Miho Shipyard has kicked off its 90th anniversary year in fine style, having delivered a 138-man capacity training vessel newbuild to the International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) in January.
IMMAJ comprises 94 Japanese companies, mainly ship managers and crewing agents, and has some 46,000 non-Japanese seafarers on its books – approximately 34,500 of whom hail from the Philippines.
The 1,750gt ship has been christened Kapitan Gregorio Oca in honour of the founder of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP). Oca was a vociferous champion of seafarers’ rights and mariner safety until his death in November 2010, at the age of 83.
Built at Miho’s yard in Shizuoka, southern Japan, the 78.69m x 12m vessel has been deployed in the Philippines, where it will provide training for students of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), which Oca established in 1998. Kapitan Gregorio Oca features a depth of 5.55m and a draught of 4.7m, and is powered by a single, 1,471kW engine, which grants it a service speed of 13.8knots.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Navy has taken on a pair of new boats, Kadet-6 and Kadet-7 (the latter pictured, above), which will serve as both training vessels and patrol craft in their own right. In the latter capacity, they will provide emergency services in the event of a disaster and clamp down on illegal fishing in national waters. When not engaged in these activities, they will be used to train future Indonesian naval officers.
Both vessels were built domestically, by the AP. Karimun Anugrah Sejati shipyard on the island of Batam. Each measures 45m x 4.25m and is fitted with twin Cummins KTA 50 M2 engines, producing a total output of approximately 2,684kW at 1,800rpm per vessel – equating to a service speed of 16knots and a top speed of 18knots.