04 February 2016

Hanjin hiring more workers for shipbuilding projects

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) plans to hire more Filipino workers for its shipbuilding facility here to accommodate the growing number of orders from seafaring nations.

Hanjin top officials said that by next month, it will start building three Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs).

These ULCVs will have the capacity to carry 20,600 twenty-footer equivalent unit (TEU) containers in one hauling.

The ULCVs were ordered by France’s shipping conglomerate CMA CGM.

Each ship has a measurement of 400-meter in length, 59-meter in breadth and depth of 33 meters, with a deck as large as four soccer/football fields combined.

HHIC-Phil Managing Director for External Trade Yoo Hoan Jo said that the new orders would likely mean additional workers for the completion of these three ULCVs.

The company has already delivered 91 vessels since it started its operation at the Redondo Peninsula, Subic Bay Freeport in 2008, boosting the country’s export portfolio over the years.

The company has delivered 16 vessels last year and has numerous orders this year including the three ULCVs.

“The synergy between Hanjin and the Filipino worker is really a great formula not just in shipbuilding, but in nation building as well. The company believes in the craftsmanship and hard work the Filipino is known for, and will continue to utilize the Filipinos’ capabilities in shipbuilding for years to come,” Jo said.

The company recently gave back to the community by donating P5 million to help the National Anti-Poverty Commission’s (NAPC) priority projects for the marginalized Filipinos.

The turnover of the donation was done last month at the NAPC office in Diliman, Quezon City.

The donation is part of the company’s thrust to help uplift the Filipino people.

Jo personally turned over the check to NAPC Secretary and lead convenor Jose Eliseo Rocamora, following the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two parties.

The MOA stipulates that the P5-million donation from Hanjin would be disbursed specifically to support NAPC’s priority projects for post-Yolanda fisher folk settlement in Palawan and Sicogon. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)


[1] HHIC-Phil shipyard at the Redondo Peninsula in Subic Bay Freeport Zone (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[2] Made in Subic: A ship being built at HHIC-Phil's Subic shipyard. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[3] HIC-Phil prides itself for having a Filipino workforce highly skilled in shipbuilding. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)