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Submarine maker to set up Subic fabricating plant
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 11/27/2008 7:17 PM
Japan-based limousine manufacturer, Amuza Co. Ltd., is planning to fabricate a new product line--"leisure submarines"--in Subic.
In a statement, Amuza chief executive officer Kiyotaka Miyagawa said that his company has so far spent about $1.7 million for its private submarine prototype and successfully conducted a sea trial in Subic Bay last week.
Amuza's two-seater leisure submarine weighs four tons and is about the size of a typical car — two meters wide, four and a half meters long, and two meters high.
Underwater, it sucks in water, which adds to its weight, that could then reach a total of 4.8 tons. Underwater, the vessel's speed tops 5 knots per hour.
Amuza's mechanical technologist Keisuke Imada said the unique submarine can be maneuvered to perform stunts like that of an aircraft.
"This is the most acrobatic submarine in the world," Imada said. "The idea was to make it more mobile, as opposed to the traditional sub which can only go up and down."
Powered with a lithium-ion battery, which is also developed by Amuza, the leisure submarine can navigate for up to 50 nautical miles (about 90 kms) and dive up to 150 meters deep as long as it is on a full 10-hour charge.
The company, which has been working on the submarine project for 10 years, said in their statement that they want to produce 10 units of this submarine by the end of the year.
Imada said buyers of their craft must first secure a license from a pilot training station they are planning to set up in Subic Bay.
Imada, who has served in Japan's Navy, said he is very familiar with the Subic Bay Freeport, so he insisted that it be the venue for sea trials and the training school.
Initially, the firm plans to invest $5 million for the training school, which will employ 50 to 100 divers, mechanics, and helpers, he said.
"Subic Bay's proximity to Japan, its preferable environmental factors, coupled with a workforce possessing excellent maritime capabilities, make it an ideal site for this venture," said Imada.
Armand Arreza, administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), which oversees the export processing zone, said Amuza has been working on the submarine project for the past 10 years.
Amuza has partnered with former Subic locator Taiyo Sangyo Trading and Marine Service Ltd., which in turn referred them to McGram Fusion Inc. in Subic, said Arreza.
McGram Fusion, which manufactures car body kits made of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar, has agreed to fabricate the vessel's hull and other visible components, while electronic parts and systems will be shipped in from Japan.
as of 11/28/2008 11:29 AM