Trans-Asia Shipping Lines has launched its new RoPax vessel MV Trans-Asia 21 which will service the Cebu-Cagayan De Oro-Cebu route in the Philippines.
The company, which is part of the Chelsea Group, said the new build built in Japan was part of the group’s program to move forward with its commitment “to provide Filipinos with a fleet of modern, fuel-efficient, clean vessels. and superior quality”.
The MV Trans-Asia 21, with a length of 123 meters and a GRT of approximately 8,800 tons, is the 15th vessel of Trans-Asia and can carry 1,051 passengers.
“For cargo, the MV Trans-Asia 21 can accommodate 10′ and 20′ container vans, 20′ plug-in reefer vans, buses, 10-wheel trucks and heavy equipment units,” said Trans-Asia Shipping Lines.
Chryss, President and CEO of Chelsea Logistics Alphonse V. Damuy said: “MV Trans-Asia 21 was contracted for shipbuilding with a highly reputable Japanese shipyard several months before the onset of the pandemic and is in partnership with one of the largest private shipowners in Japan. The shipping industry may have been hit hard by the pandemic, but we are confident that this investment will generate revenue and profit for the Group.
“The Philippines, being an archipelagic country, consisting of 7,641 islands, relies heavily on maritime transport to move people, goods and services around the world. We are certain that the maritime transport and logistics industry will will recover more quickly because it is essential and a necessity in world trade.