06 Oktober 2011

1st PHL-Made Navy Vessel Unveiled in PICMW

06 Oktober 2011

The new Landing Craft Utility for Philippine Navy (all photos : EaseFlash/Timawa)

The Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works (PICMW) located in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental has completed the construction of the first Philippine-made Navy vessel, a 579-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU).

The ship’s hull and fixtures were made fully by PICMW while the engine and propulsion system was created by Propmech Corporation, a known Philippine marine dealer for Caterpillar propulsion sytems on seacrafts.

The construction of the ship was funded by the Navy’s P176-million LCU acquisition project. The Philippine-made LCU will provide for a readily available watercraft for combat support missions such as logistic transport and amphibious operations.

PICMW configured the LCU to transport combat personnel, tanks, vehicles, artillery, and cargo. It is said to be stationed in Mindanao.

The ship’s characteristics are as follows:
-Complement: 15 Personnel/Crew
-Length: 51.43 M
-Breadth: 10.00 M
-Depth: 2.44 M
-Draft: 1.52 M
-Displacement: (Approx) 579 Tons
-Speed: 14 knots
-Hull Construction: Flat Bottom, Welded Steel

-Passenger Capacity -200 sitting passengers
-Cargo Space Area -About 250 m2
-Weight of Cargo -Maximum of 110 tons

Shipbuilding and repair has been going on at PICMW even before Hanjin came to Misamis Oriental.

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