Arroyo recalls birth of Subic shipyard under South Korean company
South Korean company Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.) has successfully built the world’s biggest cargo ship from its shipyard at Redondo Peninsula in Subic,Zambales.
Named after French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the 20,600 twenty-foot-equivalent-unit (TEU) class container vessel owned by French shipping company CMA CGM is the 115th vessel manufactured by Hanjin.
The ship “Antoine de Saint-Exupery” is now the world’s largest container ship, with 400 meters in length, 1.59 meters in width and 33 meters in depth. It exceeded the capacity and size of the Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe with 19,000 TEU and 400 meters in length, 58.6 meters in width and 30.5 meters in depth.
During the completion ceremony held at the facility, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recalled how her administration planned to build a shipbuilding facility in the former US Naval Base in 2005. It was also Hanjin who presented the plan to her in Malacañang, which was involved in several road projects in the Philippines.
“I was thinking it would take 10 years to build, but I was surprised that within six months they already started constructing,” Arroyo said.
Phase 1 of the shipyard was completed in 2007, and by 2008 she inaugurated the first Subic-made maiden vessel Argolikos, a 4,300-TEU container.
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