Lite Fer­ries launch its Big­gest Ship for Cebu to Ca­gayan de Oro

Cebu Daily News - - WHAT’SUP! -

Lite Fer­ries is set to boost its ship op­er­a­tions with the launch last week of its big­gest and lat­est ac­qui­si­tion, the Roro pas­sen­ger ferry “M/V LITE FERRY 18” with a gross ton­nage of 3,881 tons which can carry 856 pas­sen­gers.

Lite Ferry 18’s ar­rival will bol­ster the pas­sen­ger and cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of Lite Fer­ries in the Cebu to CDO route as it will re­place the ves­sel “M/V Lite Ferry 8” which used to ser­vice the route. It will cover the reg­u­lar sched­ule of Cebu to Ca­gayan de Oro ev­ery Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days at 7:00 PM, while Ca­gayan de Oro to Cebu ev­ery Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days at 7:00 PM.

Lite Ferry 18 will be the youngest ship ply­ing the Cebu-Ca­gayan route (year built 2002) and, as of to­day, the fastest pas­sen­ger ves­sel in terms of travel time in the said route at 9 hours only. The ves­sel is equipped with two brand-new Ningbo diesel en­gines with a to­tal com­bined power of 7,800 HP. It can achieve a max­i­mum speed of 16.8 knots but will run a ser­vice speed of 15 knots.

The ves­sel is 92 me­ters long and 17 me­ters wide coast­wise type, RO-RO pas­sen­ger ferry built orig­i­nally in China un­der CCS (China Clas­si­fi­ca­tion So­ci­ety) and can carry dou­ble the for­mer load ca­pac­ity of Lite Ferry 8.

Lite Ferry 18 boasts of in­te­rior de­signed pas­sen­ger ac­com­mo­da­tions with ho­tel-like fea­tures and ameni­ties like a fully air-con­di­tioned 35-seater restau­rant, a fully stocked can­teen that is open overnight, an in­for­ma­tion/re­cep­tion desk and a multi-pur­pose kiosk. It has two pas­sen­ger decks that has non-air­con econ­omy, air­con tourist and ex­ec­u­tive busi­ness class ar­eas plus four spa­cious cab­ins. Its deck pas­sage­ways are big­ger than present Ma­rina stan­dards and its safety and nav­i­ga­tional fa­cil­i­ties are in­ter­na­tional mar­itime stan­dards com­pli­ant.

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful de­but of its new­est world-class RO-RO pas­sen­ger cata­ma­ran ferry, “LITE FERRY 88” last April 2018, Lite Ferry 18 is the sec­ond out of five ves­sels to be ac­quired by Lite Fer­ries this year. Its sis­ter ship, M/V Lite Ferry 19, with the same GRT and ca­pac­ity will be de­ployed in Novem­ber this year while the in­com­ing brand-new IACS classed ships, namely Lite Ferry Five and Lite Ferry Nine are ar­riv­ing this De­cem­ber 2018 and Jan­uary 2019, re­spec­tively.

At present, Lite Fer­ries op­er­ates a to­tal fleet of 25 roro pas­sen­ger fer­ries in Visayas and Min­danao. Lite Fer­ries con­nects the is­lands of Cebu, Bo­hol, Siqui­jor, Ne­gros, Sa­mar, Leyte, and North­ern Min­danao with 22 des­ti­na­tions. It is fully com­pli­ant with In­ter­na­tional Safety Man­age­ment Code as es­tab­lished by the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO) and MA­RINA. Lite Fer­ries is now un­der­go­ing ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for its op­er­a­tions.

Start­ing Oc­to­ber 2018, LITE FER­RIES main of­fices will be trans­ferred to their new cor­po­rate build­ing lo­cated at Lite Port Cen­ter, M.J. Cuenco Av­enue, Barangay Te­jero, Cebu City.

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