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New Lite Ferries vessel boosts Bohol-Cebu link

New Lite Ferries vessel boosts Bohol-Cebu link
June 3, 2018

Travelers between Cebu and Bohol can now travel seamlessly in style with the recent introduction of the Lite Ferry 88 (LF88), the latest world-class and the biggest roll-on, roll-off (Roro) catamaran passenger ferry of Lite Shipping Corp.

The mid-speed vessel, which has an average speed of 16 knots, sails the Cebu-Tubigon route four times daily. It has a capacity of 352 passengers (business, tourist and sundeck economy classes), 20 four-wheeled vehicles and 12 10-wheeler trucks.

Tubigon town is the commercial center of northwestern Bohol and is easily accessible from the capital city of Tagbilaran and other key points of the province. It is one of the major routes serviced by the shipping line.

The biggest of its kind in the country today, the LF88 was acquired from Sealease Ltd. of Hong Kong and upgraded by Sea Transport Solutions of Australia, and is classed by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in London, the world’s most prestigious ship classification society.

Lite Ferries Chief Executive and President Lucio Lim Jr. said that the new Roro boat will further boost commercial and tourism links in the two vital destinations in the Central Visayas. He noted that with the new vessel, tourist transport players, traders and travelers can conveniently take their vehicles across the sea.

LF88 is the first of three international class vessels Lite Shipping Corp. acquired this year, with two more ferries (LF5 and LF9) set for delivery this October and classification by the International Association of Classification Society.

The 28-year-old shipping firm connects the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Samar, Leyte and Northern Mindanao with its fleet of 25 Roro passenger ships, and is planning to expand its routes in southern Philippines.