M/V St. Sariel is the newest addition to the SuperCat fleet serving the Cebu-Tagbilaran route in a grand launching held in Tagbilaran Port on July 6, 2017.
Tagbilaran City Mayor John Gesnell ‘Baba’ Yap and reigning Miss Bohol Glyssa Bingas Perez cut the ribbon during the ceremony.
Mayor ‘Baba’ Yap, in his welcome message congratulated 2Go Travel and SuperCat executives and thanked the management for continued business.
Also in attendance were the candidates of the upcoming Miss Bohol, one of the highlights of Bohol’s one month celebration of the Sandugo Festival, and other guests.
M/V St. Sariel, a 300-seater fast ferry with high-tech and world-class navigate wire and touch system navigational control is one of the two ferries being launched this month.
In Cebu City, a separate launching ceremony was held in Pier 4 of the Cebu City Port for M/V St. Camael, the sister fast ferry of M/V St. Sariel, earlier this month. The new vessel plying the Cebu-Ormoc route officially sailed its maiden voyage from Cebu City to Ormoc after the ceremony. Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella cut the ribbon along with 2Go Travel and SuperCat officials.
Guests were then treated to an hour of cruise along the world-famous Panglao Island Coast while listening to the upbeat and catchy tempo of SuperCat’s newest official jingle “Zoom to the Islands”. The jingle is sung by the Philippine RnB King, JayR who became one of the highlights of Cebu’s M/V St. Camael launching.
M/V St. Sariel and M/V St. Camael were constructed by Austal, a global shipbuilder for more than 25 years. The international company offers the highest quality ships, systems and support fo the world’s leading operators.
“These two new vessels are Australian-designed and proudly 100% Phillippine-made and constructed by Filipino engineers”, said Lito M. Salvio, SuperCat General Manager.
Salvio added that the two fastcrafts running at 25 knots are Bureau Veritas classed vessels. Which means that these transport units were constricted adhering to strict international standards of Bureau Veritas classification society.
With the launching of M/V St. Sariel, there will be nine daily trip schedule from Cebu to Tagbilaran and vice versa from the previous five trips. Here are the daily schedule:
5:50 Am. 5:50 Am
6:45 Am 8:15 Am
8:15 Am 9:15 Am
11:00 Am 11:00 Am
12:00 Nn. 1:15 Pm
1:15 Pm. 2:30 Pm 4:45 Pm 5:45 Pm 6:00 Pm 7:00 Pm
The launching of 2Go’s newest vessel is in anticipation of the need for more trips going to Cebu from Tagbilaran City and vice versa with the operation of the new Panglao International Airport starting next year. Both Cebu and Bohol provinces are top tourist destinations.
Tourists and travelers visiting Bohol reached an all-time high of 1,00,086 in 2016 based on the recent report released by the Department of Tourism.
SuperCat has now eight vessels serving the ports of Batangas, Calapan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Tagbilaran and Ormoc.
The premier fastcraft of 2Go, the country’s biggest shipping and logistics company, was recently awarded Asia’s Most Trusted Brand in Thailand and also bestowed the Excellence Award by the Global Trade Leaders Club in Madrid, Spain.