Starlite Ferries opens new route

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Starlite Ferries is a roro shipping company that started operations in 1995 with the Batangas-Calapan route. –

Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) announced Friday, May 11, that its subsidiary Starlite Ferries Inc. has opened a Matnog, Sorsogon — Allen, Northen Samar route in April 2018.

“M/V Archer departed Roxas, Mindoro on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., for an overnight trip to Allen. Upon arrival at Allen port on Thursday at 6 a.m., M/V Archer and its crew were welcomed by former Mayor Rod Suan. On 11 a.m. of the same day, MV Archer made its maiden voyage from Allen to Matnog and the return trip from Matnog, which departed 2:30 pm,” it said in a statement.

The M/V Archer is a passenger vessel weighing 836 tons and could accommodate 788 passengers and 26 rolling cargos per trip. Starlite said the vessel will have eight trips from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Starlite currently has 14 passenger vessels, and M/V Archer is the fifth ship it had acquired under its vessel modernization program.

“M/V Pioneer debuted in 2015 and three more vessels – M/V Reliance, M/V Eagle and M/V Saturn were built in 2016,” it said in a statement. — Denise A. Valdez