Lite Shipping Inc. announces an upgrade in its fleet with the arrival of Lite Ferry 88.
The shipping firm launched to the public and invited the media for a brief look of the newest passenger ferry.
The Lite Ferry 88 (LF88), the newest world-class and the biggest roll on, roll off catamaran passenger ferry is set to sail the waters of Cebu City to Tubigon in Bohol
With the new ro-ro catamaran, Lite Ferry is offering a faster and bigger operation for both cargoes and passengers.
The only ro-ro passenger catamaran ferry operating in the Philippines today classed by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, London—the oldest and the premier ship classification society in the world to date.
This mid-speed ro-ro catamaran ferry can travel at a speed of 16 knots on average, but it can reach a maximum speed of 18 knots.
The ship is equipped with four bigger Japan-made Yanmar engines that give a total power of 3,200 horsepower (HP).
LG88’s cargo carrying capacity is twice compared to other similarly designed ro-ro catamaran ferries now operating in the Philippines. It is built bigger at 60 meters long and 20 meters wide, which allows it to carry 352 passengers, and can take in rolling cargo loads of 12 units of ten-wheeler plus 20 light vehicles altogether.
The world-class ro-ro passenger catamaran ferry was acquired from Sealease Limited of Hong Kong and upgraded by the Sea Transport Solutions of Australia for its passenger accommodation and vessel amenities.
It is considered to be the biggest in its class at present according to Sea Transport Solutions of Australia, the leading designer of mid-speed ro-ro catamaran ferries in the Philippines.
LF88’s arrival is the first of three international class vessels Lite Shipping Corporation is acquiring this year. Lite Ferry 5 with a LOA of 70 meters long and Lite Ferry 9 with a LOA of 72 meters long, are the brand-new international class ferries that will be delivered on October 2018 and are classified by International Association of Classification Society (ACS).
At present, Lite Ferries operates a total fleet of 25 ro-ro passenger ferries in Visayas and Mindanao, connecting the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros, Samar, Leyte and Northern Mindanao covering 22 destinations,
Lite Ferries is fully compliant with International Safety Management Code as established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Marine Industry Authority (Marina) and is now undergoing ISO certification for its operations.