The SF 15 launch boosts the country’s increasing demands in travel and tourism as well as further bolsters economic activity in the islands. It also reinforces WG&A’s position as the leader in the local shipping industry.
According to WG&A SuperFerry corporate communications manager Gina Virtusio, the SF 15 provides the best ro-ro (roll-in roll-out) passenger experience. The new vessel will likewise continue to “bridge islands, people and cultures together” by providing faster and more efficient travel accommodations to countless inbound and outbound passengers.
The SF 15 will proudly carry the Department of Tourism’s “WOW Philippines” logo campaign and is expected to help stir up local trade and tourism from Manila to other ports in the country.
With a capacity of 2,000 passengers and 210 TEUs, the SF 15 can also accommodate 100 cars for easy mobility especially for traveling businessmen. The passenger and cargo ship likewise has an overall length of 160 meters and breadth of 25 meters.
The SF 15 can carry up to 9,320 tons of cargo and passengers, and travel at a speed of 22.90 knots. The company’s vessels are also well equipped with navigation aids such as a radar, an echo sounder, gyro compass, auto pilot, automatic collision system, M/E remote control system, a bow thruster and a magnet log.
WG&A’s other existing vessels are the SuperFerries 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14 and Our Lady of Lipa, Our Lady of Medjugorje and Our Lady of Sacred Heart.
The launching of the SF 15 coincided with the inauguration of the new passenger and container terminal which has a 1,700-seating capacity. The new facility was named after the former first lady and late matriarch Doña Eva Macapagal. Expected to become a hub of local travel and tourism in Manila, the new Eva Macapagal Super Terminal is also expected to further boost Mayor Lito Atienza’s “Buhayin ang Maynila” campaign. The terminal is adjacent to major tourist spots in Manila such as the Walled City of Intramuros, the Rizal Park, and the Manila Hotel.