New Ship for Cebu City–Ormoc City Route
PEOPLE PLACES - Flor Ynclino (The Freeman) - April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

A new and faster RORO-passenger ship is now part of Lite Ferries’ growing fleet of ships. Newly renovated M/V Lite Ferry 19, the twin sister ship of Lite Ferry 18, was launched on March 25, at the Cebu City Port.

Built in 2002, M/V Lite Ferry 19 is the youngest ship to ply the Cebu-Ormoc route. It is also the fastest vessel on this route to date with a travel time of 4.5 hours.

Leading the launching ceremony is Lite Ferries president and CEO Lucio E. Lim, Jr., together with COO Fernando A. Inting, VP for ship management Jonathan Lim-Imboy, assistant manager for operations Jethro Lim-Imboy, and other members of the Lite Ferries management.

M/V Lite Ferry 19 boasts of interior-designed accommodations with hotel-like features and amenities including a fully air-conditioned 40-seater restaurant, a fully stocked canteen that is open overnight, an information desk, and multi-purpose kiosk.

It has two economy passenger decks including tourist class, business class, and four executive cabins, all in all accommodating a total of 856 passengers. Its deck pathways have bigger spaces than MARINA standards and its facilities are compliant with international maritime standards.

At present, Lite Ferries operates a total of 25 RORO-passenger ships in Visayas and Northern Mindanao. These vessels connect the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros, Samar, Leyte, and Northern Mindanao with a total of 22 destinations. It is fully compliant with the International Safety Management Code (ISM) as established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and MARINA. Lite Ferries is also currently undergoing ISO certification for its operations.

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