Manila-Cavite ferry starts service

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    M/V Sabtang. One of the two vessels that will run the ferry service from Cavite City Port Terminal to Lawton.
    M/V Sabtang. One of the two vessels that will run the ferry service from Cavite City Port Terminal to Lawton.

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), yesterday formally launched the Cavite-Manila ferry service which will significantly cut travel time for commuters.

    At the inaugural ceremony Sunday, Arthur Tugade, DOTr secretary, announced that the ferry service starts today, December 9, for two routes – from the Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa.

    Tugade said the ferry service is free until January 9, 2020, in coordination with Shogun Ships Co. Inc. and Seaborne Shipping Co. Inc.

    Immediately following the launch, the ferry service kicked off its operations with an inaugural voyage from the Cavite City Port Terminal to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal, where it was announced that passengers who will ride the MV Island Sabtang get free rides until January 31, 2020.

    Initially, DOTr said two vessels will be operating, with two to three more to be added next month to serve the routes.

    Through the ferry service, travel time from Cavite City Port Terminal to Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal is estimated at 40-45 minutes. Travel between the Cavite City Port Terminal and CCP, and vice versa, is around 15 minutes.

    MV Island Sabtang from Shogun Ships can accommodate 57 passengers, while MB Seaborne Mercury can accommodate 27 passengers.

    After the one month free ride, regular fare for the CCP to Cavite route via MB Seaborne Mercury is P200 per passenger. The discounted fares for students, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD), and children (4 to 11 years) are P160, P143 and P125 per passenger, respectively.

    From Cavite City to Lawton via MV Island Sabtang, the regular fare is P160 per passenger.

    The discounted fares for students, senior citizens/PWD and children are P128, P114 and P80, respectively.

    The Cavite-Manila Ferry Service is an offshoot of the “water jeepney” concept that was developed in Cebu and announced during the operational dry run of the Sangley Airport in Cavite.

    Tugade hopes the riding public will utilize the service as it offers a quick, convenient and comfortable mode of transportation.

    Aside from the ferry service, the DOTr and MARINA also launched high priority maritime-related projects, such as the registration of recreational boats to boost tourism and the opening of the MARINA Central Office Processing Center at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange for the benefit of Filipino seafarers.