Two vessels will start to ply two new routes between the provinces of Bohol and Cebu.
The N&N Mama Mary Chloe, a fiberglass-reinforced plastic boat, is scheduled to start operating between Ubay and Cebu City while the administrators of M/V Siargao Princess are preparing to launch a Loon, Bohol – Sibonga, Cebu route.
According to Roldan Abad, operations manager of NNO Shipping Lines which owns Mama Mary Chloe, they are hoping to start operations on October 23. The vessel departs Ubay at 10 a.m. and leaves Cebu City Pier 1 at 2:30 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, administrators of Siargao Princess, one of two vessels owned by Rodrigo E. Sevilla, has yet to announce when the vessel will start to service the Loon – Sibonga route.
Edgar Asibal, terminal manager of the Catagbacan Port in Loon, said that the operators of Siargao Princess are still overseeing the construction of their docking area in Sibonga.
“Nagpagama pa sila sa railings didto sa dungguanan nila didto sa Sibonga, gitabangan nila ang LGU sa Sibonga para safe pud sa mga pasahero,” he said.
Asibal said that the Siargao Princess is initially scheduled to depart daily from Loon at 8 a.m. and from Sibonga at 9:30 a.m.
The vessel leaves Catagbacan again at 1 p.m. and Sibonga at 3:30 p.m.
Fare for Mama Mary Chloe was set at P400 while fare for Siargao Princess was tentatively set at P180.
According to Abad, Mama Mary Chloe can carry up to 206 passengers but the Maritime Industry Authority has limited it to accommodate only 148 passengers as precaution.
“Ang na-approve sa Marina 148, dako kaayo ang nakaltas. Pag-blessing namo ani, nagkarga man gani mo og 300 kapin ka taw. Luag pa gani kaayo. Mura’g wa ra matandog iyang lutaw,” said Abad.
The vessel can also transport up to 16 motorcycles, he added.
Meanwhile, the Siargao Princess has a seating capacity of 120 passengers and can travel to up to 18 knots, allowing it to cross waters between Loon and Sibonga in an hour. (A. Doydora)