1st Philippine-made Ocean-Powered Hybrid Trimaran sets sail this year

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Ocean Powered Hybrid Trimaran
The Philippine Hybrid Trimaran passenger-cargo vessel is expected to carry around 100 passengers, 4 vans, and 15 motorcycles. Photo from DOST-PCIEERD.

The first Ocean-Powered Hybrid Trimaran made in the Philippines is expected to set sail before the end of 2020.

The completion of the Hybrid Trimaran project, first revealed in 2018, was announced in February 2020 by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to be nearing completion as one of the 20 Filipino science and technology innovations that will be available for commercial release in the year 2020.

We may soon see an “environment-friendly, safe and unsinkable,” boat powered by ocean waves, announced DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena.

The first Hybrid Trimaran is designed to be powered by ocean waves using its outriggers. The DOST-funded boat is being built by Metallica Shipyard and supported by DOST-PCIEERD, Aklan State University, and MARINA.

The Philippine Hybrid Trimaran passenger-cargo vessel is expected to carry around 100 passengers, 4 vans, and 15 motorcycles.

Design of waves energy-propelled Hybrid Trimaran being developed by Aklan State University, MARINA and Metallica Shipyard funded by the Department of Science and Technology. Photo from DOST

Aside from its regular engine, the Hybrid Trimaran features the use of its wave energy double-action hydraulic pumps which are fitted and integrated into the outriggers. The movements in the pump are converted to electrical energy which can be harnessed to provide additional power to the vessel.

The technology is expected to improve the vessel’s energy efficiency, giving it a more cost-effective and environment-friendly sea travel.

The DOST says it hopes the new design of the Hybrid Trimaran will bring a positive change and major impact in the shipping and roll-on roll-off (RORO) industry in the Philippines.

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