“The Philippines and Japan have entered into a cooperation arrangement to enhance the skills and capabilities of Filipino shipyards and shipowners to construct oil tankers and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats for domestic use that are compliant with international safety and environmental standards,” Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said.
Maritime Industry Authority of Philippines (MARINA) and Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT), through their heads, signed Record of Discussions (RoD) on “Enhancement of Constructing Oil Tanker Vessels in the Philippines” March 23, 2015.
Under the signed document, Japan will provide the Philippines with technical cooperation as well as design drawing of oil tanker on the condition that the oil tankers will be built in the Philippines and classed by a Japanese ship classification society, the copyright holder of the design drawing.
Japan’s Maritime Bureau also offered technical assistance for the construction of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats in the Philippines to replace the wooden bancas of Filipino fishermen. FRPs are belived to be sturdier, environment-friendly and have longer service life compared to wooden fishing bancas.