Filipino Invention: World’s First Ocean Wave-powered Boat

A fast sea craft powered partly by ocean wave is currently under construction in New Washington, a municipality of Aklan Province. It is called Hybrid Trimaran, considered as the first partly wave-powered trimaran vessel in the world, according to Engineer Jonathan Salvador, owner of Metallica Shipyard that is building the boat.

The multi-hulled boat has a capacity to carry 100 passengers, 4 vans, and 15 motorcycles. It is safe and unsinkable because it is wider than ordinary boats. It is like three boats were attached to each other. It is also fast sailing, using only half time a normal boat takes.

One important feature of the project is its environmental friendliness. The builder of the ship incorporates a facility to recycle empty bottles. Moreover, the reduced travel time means less garbage since passengers do not need to eat full meals, just snack or at least the number of meals is less if the distance traveled is longer.

The project is funded by the Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with Aklan State University (ASU), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Metallica and the Aklan Congressional Office.

Known as the “Hybrid Trimaran Fast Craft Passenger Cargo Vessel using Multi-Engine and Alternative Energy Source from Ocean Waves”, it will hopefully changed roll-on roll-off (RORO) shipping industry.

Hybrid Trimaran (Photo courtesy of DOST-PCIEERD)
Hybrid Trimaran (Photo courtesy of DOST-PCIEERD)

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