2GO Group adds advanced Japanese Ro-Ro vessel to the fleet

MV 2GO Maligaya

2GO Group Inc., one of the country’s largest transportation and logistics providers, is expanding its fleet despite the business downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The firm announced the addition of “MV 2GO Maligaya,” a new generation roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) passenger vessel that forms part of its fleet modernization. The vessel will serve the Manila-Cebu-Cagayan de Oro route.

“The new addition complements the broader service offerings of the other business units under the 2GO Group,” said 2GO chief operating officer Waldo Basilla.

“As a major player in the industry, it is imperative for us to take the lead in product innovation and unparalleled service to keep in step with world-class standards,” he added.

2GO is now controlled by the SM Group after the exit of Davao-based businessman’s Chelsea Logistics & Infrastructure Holdings Corp. last March.

Larger than other vessels
According to the company, MV 2GO Maligaya’s cargo capacity is 40 percent larger than its other vessels.

It has a top speed of 23.5 knots, meaning it can travel from Manila to Cebu in 17 hours. The company said this would further improve its so-called sailing schedule reliability to 95 percent.

The vessel was made by Japanese shipbuilders and has a German main engine. It is also equipped with an integrated navigation and control system, advanced fire alarm systems and multiple collision bulkheads as “collision mitigating support.”

Source: Inquirer