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Hybrid Trimaran to be Built by the Philippines

DOST Hybris Trimaran

The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) is spearheading the development and construction of a hybrid trimaran that will be the first in the Philippines.

Together with the Aklan State University (ASU), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and Metallica Shipyard, the construction of this first of its kind transport in the Philippines recently commenced.

The hybrid trimaran is designed to generate energy by using sea waves via its outriggers. This will augment its electrical supply.

The cost of the project of Php76 million was funded by the DOST and it is designed to carry 150 passengers, 4 vans and 15 motorcycles. The hybrid trimaran would be a welcome development for the country since it is an archipelago and inter-island transport is one of the backbones of its transport infrastructure.

“We are hopeful that the hybrid trimaran project will launch a new wave of innovations in the maritime industry,” said DOST-PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director Engr. Raul Sabularse.

“We see this technology to improve the vessel’s energy efficiency, making it not only cost-efficient but also environment-friendly,” Metallica Shipyard, owner Engr. Jonathan Salvador said.

The hybrid trimaran is equipped with double action pumps that will harness waves as its source in generating electricity. The hybrid trimaran is also designed to be able to handle adverse sea conditions so that it will be a safe and secure way of inter-island travel.

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