The newly-built training ship, 78.6-meter M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca (KGO), is arriving today in Manila from Japan, and is slated for commissioning at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019 at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor.
Dr. Conrado F. Oca, President of Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and chairman of governing board of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) said the Philippine flag-carrying ship will be used by students of MAAP to boost and enhance the quality of their shipboard training. MAAP is run by AMOSUP as the latter’s education and training arm, and is headed by maritime educator VAdm. Eduardo Ma. R. Santos AFP (ret.), academy president.
Built by shipbuilder MIHO Shipyard Co., Ltd. in Shimizuku, Shizuoka City, Japan, the 1,750 gross-ton new ship has a capacity of 138 people: 24 of whom officers and crew, 108 midshipmen or trainees and six instructors. It has a service speed of 13.8 knots.
The new vessel was officially named “M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca” by Dr. Oca, son of Capt. Oca, after the traditional and celebratory rice cake-tossing during a dinner on Aug. 8, 2018 at Nippodaira Hotel in Shinzuoka. A total of 20 cadets of Japan Sea Cadets Foundation Shimizu attended, who cheered in excitement at the opportunity of seeing up close such a large vessel.
The following day, Aug. 9. 2018, the M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca was launched by International Mariners[ Management of Japan (IMMAJ) and HIMO at the shipyard. With Dr. Oca at the ceremonies who delivered messages were IMMAJ chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine, AJSU president Mr. Yasumi Morita, MAAP President Santos, Phil-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC) vice pres. Capt. Teodoro B. Quijano, MIHO Shipyard Co., Ltd. President Mr. Kengo Suzuki, Phil.-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC) vice pres. Capt. Teodoro B. Quijano, TSUNEISHI Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. vice pres. Mr. Yasunori Kohatake, together with Dr. Oca’s wife Yvette I. Oca, siblings Ma. Socorro and Pedro Miguel Oca, among others.
AMOSUP legal affairs chief lawyer Emmanuel Partido and maritime journalist-analyst and legal researcher Eulogio Malicse described the birth of M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca as “phenomenal and historic,” lauding the valuable and consistent efforts of Dr. Oca and Admiral Santos in working with the leadership of IMMAJ, AJSU, MIHO, PJMCC and TSUNEISHI for the construction of the new training ship.