By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
2GO, the largest ferry operator in the country, formally launched its biggest vessel in the fleet on Wednesday afternoon, May 12.
The vessel M/V 2GO Maligaya formally came into service in a small event at Pier 4, Manila North Harbor.
The ship was acquired earlier this year and was previously known as the Ferry Yamato of Hankyu Ferry in Japan. The vessel was then sold to Stena RoRo in 2020, and was then sold to 2GO in 2021.
The vessel is not just the biggest in the fleet, but also the newest and fastest vessel they acquired in more than 17 years.
The ship is also one of the most modern vessels in the country to date, and can accommodate up to 800 passengers with at least 225 rooms.
The vessel is also fully-air conditioned and there are rooms specific for single travelers.
The vessel also has amenities such as a cafe, a KTV bar, restaurant, shower rooms, and a lounge. As to the safety features, the vessel uses multiple electronic charts and depth sounders.
2GO likened the vessel to a cruise ship, due to the comforts and amenities it offers.
M/V 2GO Maligaya will have its maiden voyage on May 23, 2021 and will be assigned in the Manila-Cebu-Cagayan De Oro route./DGB, WDJ