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This vessel powered by ocean waves will soon play a major role in Philippine maritime industry

It seems that the Philippine state of the art "Hybrid Trimaran" vessel which powered by ocean waves is expected to be completed and ready to sail its sea trial before the year end.

       Photo credit: Maritime Review

“There were delays due to the storm (Ursula) but we can manage a ‘Good to Go sign!’ before the end of this 3rd quarter,” said Engr. Jonathan Salvador, owner of Metallica Shipyard to ABS-CBN News.

The hybrid trimaran described as a fast-sailing multi-hulled boat, is environment-friendly as it uses wave energy as an alternative. This will be the first marine transport vessel that adheres with the standard of MARINA.

The exciting project could be seen at Metallica Shipyard at Polo, New Washington, Aklan - Owned by Engr. Jonathan Salvador in partnership with Aklan State University (ASU), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), and local government officials of Aklan.

      Photo grabbed from ANC News/ YouTube

This vessel is expected for ferry operations to transport 150 passengers plus some vehicles and cargo. The project will give a significant impact in the Philippines as an archipelago with hope to solve the issue on public transport.

While the electric wave system would not be a total replacement for current systems, any reduction is a great leap forward. Wave propulsion systems are still in the early stages of development, but there is enormous potential for them to be used as an alternative energy source for much larger ships.

People behind the project claimed that this trimaran is virtually unsinkable because of its wider shape which harder to capsize.

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