MANILA — The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has unveiled its 10-year program to modernize the shipyard industry in the country.
In a statement on Monday, MARINA said its Shipyard Regulations Service (SRS) presented the agency’s shipbuilding, ship repair, and ship breaking programs at the 2nd National Shipyard Convention held in Cebu City from Nov. 15-16 which served as a venue among the government and shipyard stakeholders to discuss initiatives that will boost the development of the shipyard industry.
“From 18 shipyard members in 2016, now the Shipyard Association of the Philippines (ShAP) has 97 bonafide members out of the 118 total number of shipyards in the country. I feel a deep sense of awe, that in a span of three years, the association has come a long way in assisting shipyard owners achieve not only their business objectives, but also in striving to provide a conducive investment climate for all,” MARINA SRS Director Ramon Hernandez said.
He lauded the ShAP for its support to the MARINA’s shipbuilding, ship repair, and ship breaking industry initiatives under the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Program.
Among the initiatives being pursued by MARINA for the maritime sector are promotion of the Philippine Flag Registry; promotion of the Philippines as a transshipment and bunkering hub in the Southeast Asian region; upgrading and expansion of local shipyards, establishment of an eco-industrial maritime park and establishment of a maritime training and research center.
Meanwhile, ShAP chairman Meneleo Carlos III recognized MARINA’s efforts to collaborate with maritime stakeholders, especially in drafting policies and formulating programs to address existing challenges in the industry.
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