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The Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works (PICMW) located in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental has completed the construction of the first Philippine-made Navy vessel, a 579-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU).

The ship’s hull and fixtures were made fully by PICMW while the engine and propulsion system was created by Propmech Corporation, a known Philippine marine dealer for Caterpillar propulsion sytems on seacrafts.

The ship’s construction was funded by the Philippine Navy’s P176-million LCU acquisition project. The LCU is designed for combat support missions such as logistic transport and amphibious operations. It is also configured to transport combat personnel, tanks, vehicles, artillery, and cargo and will be stationed in Mindanao.

The ship’s characteristics are as follows:

  • Complement: 15 Personnel/Crew
  • Length: 51.43 M
  • Breadth: 10.00 M
  • Depth: 2.44 M
  • Draft: 1.52 M
  • Displacement: (Approx) 579 Tons
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Hull Construction: Flat Bottom, Welded Steel


  • Passenger Capacity -200 sitting passengers
  • Cargo Space Area -About 250 m2
  • Weight of Cargo -Maximum of 110 tons

Shipbuilding and repair has been going on at PICMW even before Hanjin came to Misamis Oriental.


UPDATE: The LCU has been named BRP Tagbanua.

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