MARINA partners with University of Cebu to set ship hull standards

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The signing of the agreement between the Maritime Industry Authority and University of Cebu on January 27. Photo from MARINA.
  • The Maritime Industry Authority is partnering with the University of Cebu to conduct research establishing ship hull standards
  • The agreement, signed on January 27, aims to create a comprehensive manual covering distinct seawater typologies, hull geometry, and suggested forms to address deficiencies in hull geography, reducing maritime accidents
  • The initiative also includes elevating UC’s facilities to enhance stability and hydrodynamic tests, with a fundamental objective to develop universally applicable hull model designs for fishing boats

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has joined forces with the University of Cebu (UC) to conduct research aimed at establishing comprehensive standards for ship hull designs.

The agreement, formalized on January 27 by UC chairman Atty. Augusto Go and MARINA administrator Sonia Malaluan, focuses on characterizing and classifying seawater typologies across various regions, including Batanes, Samar, Palawan, Iloilo, Romblon, Cebu, Surigao, and Zamboanga del Norte. The extensive scope ensures an understanding of the unique challenges posed by different maritime environments, thereby enabling the development of tailored hull design standards.

The primary outcome of this effort is a manual that will serve as a repository of knowledge encompassing the coding of distinct seawater typologies, hull geometry for classifications, and suggested hull forms applicable nationwide, as well as hull design process and testing procedures.

This multifaceted approach aims to address deficiencies in hull geography, ultimately playing a pivotal role in significantly reducing, if not preventing, maritime accidents and incidents in the future, according to MARINA.

MARINA-Region VII, in a statement, emphasized the proactive stance in engaging educational institutions and key stakeholders for such crucial research initiatives.

The MARINA-UC agreement includes provisions to elevate the towing tank facility and fabricate the hydrodynamic laboratory at the University of Cebu. These enhancements will enable the undertaking of diverse stability and hydrodynamic tests, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of hull behavior in varying maritime conditions.

An additional fundamental objective of the collaboration is the development of a universally applicable hull model design specifically tailored for fishing boats, transcending geographical boundaries.

As part of the partnership, MARINA and UC expressed their commitment to knowledge exchange and capacity building. The agreement signifies not only a commitment to immediate research goals but also to nurturing a long-term partnership that fosters ongoing advancements in maritime technology and safety.