2GO pursues fleet modernization with ‘MV Maligaya’

Published May 13, 2021, 5:00 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

2GO Group Inc., the Philippines’ largest integrated transportation and logistics provider,  said its newest state-of-the-art passenger vessel named “MV 2GO Maligaya” is part of the company’s modernization efforts to provide reliable sea travel in the country.

2GO Chief Operating Officer Waldo Basilla said 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.

“This is a manifestation of 2GO’s commitment in providing superior products and services to our customers. The new addition complements the broader service offerings of the other business units under the 2GO Group.  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,” said Basilla.

In naming the new vessel “MV 2GO Maligaya”, Blessie Cruz, 2GO assistant vice president for marketing, said name upholds Filipino aspirational values. 

2GO recognizes the Filipinos’ ability to be joyful and uplifting toward others even in the face of hardships and challenges. Through its new vessel, ‘MV 2GO Maligaya’ aspires to make sea travel fun, safe, and reliable, she said.

“‘Maligaya’ is one of the defining qualities with which the Filipino is known for around the world. ‘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,” stated Cruz.

“MV 2GO Maligaya” is the most technologically advanced roll-on, roll-off passenger (ROPAX) ship that has set sail in the Philippine waters. It features a fun and colorful livery that can energize and enhance the Pinoy travel experience.

MV 2GO Maligaya is a larger ship that can carry 40 percent more twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo capacity compared to 2GO’s current fleet of vessels. It will link Manila, 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 percent on time. 

Made by Japanese shipbuilders and with a German main engine, the MV 2GO Maligaya embodies the latest international shipping standards and technologies, which include an integrated navigation and control system, advanced fire alarm systems, and multiple collision bulkheads as a collision mitigating support, among others.

“MV 2GO Maligaya” is a welcome addition to its current fleet of up to 10 ships, servicing 20 major ports of call in the Philippines. The ship is set to sail its maiden voyage this month of May, and the company has prepared special activities for the passengers of MV 2GO Maligaya for being a part of the first journey

 
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