The Herma Group of Companies will continue to support the growing requirements of the Philippine economy for petroleum products by building “M/Tkr Matapat,” an oil tanker specifically designed for the unique conditions of Philippine waters.
M/Tkr Matapat or the Motor Tanker Matapat is the newest petroleum tanker to join the Herma fleet. It took 570,000 manhours to build the tanker.
“I stand here proud before you because instead of procuring a tanker abroad, we again said ‘yes’ to the challenge. Tanker Matapat is the 16th petroleum tanker locally built for the Herma Group fleet. She is specifically designed for the unique conditions of Philippine waters and is certified by the American Bureau of shipping as an internationally class A1 oil tanker,” Herminio Esguerra, chairman and chief executive officer of Herma Group, said at the turnover ceremony.
He added that over a thousand Filipino shipbuilding experts in 25 areas of expertise were involved in building Tanker Matapat, thus Filipino pride is felt on every inch of the vessel.
“I salute the Filipino ship tanker builder because Tanker Matapat was built by Filipinos for the Filipinos,” Esguerra said.
“This is our response to the call for nation building. For us at Herma, this is what the inclusive growth is all about. It is about giving the Filipino craft workers a clear choice of employment right in their homeland,” he added.
M/Tkr Matapat was built by Herma Shipyard Inc. for sister company Herma Shipping and Transport Corp. (HDTC), a business unit of the Herma Group that provides petroleum transport services to the country’s oil industry.
“Matapat is a Filipino word that means true, sincere and faithful, these are the traits that characterize our shipbuilders. With this new vessel, I believe that we have gotten better and better and our faith in the world class capabilities of the Filipinos have been reaffirmed,” Esguerra said.
“With much hope and optimism I say that the future of Filipino shipbuilders is bright. The Herma Group is committed to continue building ships as we move forward in line with our national development agenda,” Esguerra said.