2GO Group Inc. unveiled its newest vessel hailed as the most technologically advanced roll-on, roll-off passenger (ROPAX) ship. The transportation and logistics provider named it “MV 2GO Maligaya,” which will start sailing this month.
“‘Maligaya’ is one of the defining qualities with which the Filipino is known around the world,” said Blessie Cruz, AVP for Marketing, 2GO. “Masaya is a happy feeling, but ‘Maligaya’ has a sense of deep joy and youthfulness. As a travel brand, we believe this is reflective of the kind of journey and service that you get from 2GO.”
The acquisition of the MV 2GO Maligaya is part of the company’s fleet modernization efforts to provide high speed and reliability in the movement of essential goods nationwide, while at the same time upgrading sea travel onboard experience.
Made by Japanese shipbuilders and with a German main engine, the MV 2GO Maligaya has an integrated navigation and control system, advanced fire alarm systems, and multiple collision bulkheads as a collision mitigating support.
MV 2GO Maligaya is a larger ship that can carry 40% more twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo capacity compared to 2GO’s current fleet of vessels. It will link Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao via its Manila-Cebu-Cagayan de Oro route. With a top speed of 23.5 knots, it reduces steaming time from Manila to Cebu to only 17 hours making it the fastest cargo vessel in the Philippines today. With this vessel’s addition, 2GO aims to further improve sailing schedule reliability to 95% on time.