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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Japanese firm to market leisure sub abroad

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Amuza Co. Ltd. of Japan will start producing two-seater leisure submarines here starting next year.

Amuza plans to sell the product in the international market after a series of tests off the waters of Subic Bay.

Amuza will set up a manufacturing plant here in partnership with an existing locator that specializes in fiberglass and composite materials construction intended for vintage cars.

The two-seater leisure submarine, which moves at a speed of 5 knots per hour, 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.

It sucks in water in underwater, adding to its weight of up to 4.8 tons.

Powered with a lithium-ion battery, which Amuza is developing, the leisure sub can navigate up to 50 nautical miles, or about 90 kilometers, and dive up to 150 meters deep on a full charge of up to 10 hours.

“This will be like a toy for rich people. Everybody could now be Mr. [Jamees] Bond,” Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority administrator Armand Arreza said shortly after the successful conduct of sea trials of the submarine prototype here last week.

“The production would be low, slow and cautious, but of the highest quality,” Arreza said.

Amuza, which worked on the project for 10 years, has teamed up with former Subic locator Taiyo Sangyo Trading and Marine Service Ltd., which referred it to McGram Fusion Inc.

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. By Cecille Garcia - Manila Standard Today

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