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Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation (APFC), operator of the Fastcat catamaran roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) ferries, has inaugurated its new vessel that will soon serve passengers in the MIMAROPA provinces from the Batangas Port Terminal.

The inauguration and blessing of the new vessel were on October 28 in Batangas, a report posted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said.

Fastcat M15 is the APFC’s 13th ferry vessel that costs USD8.3 million or P423.3 million that will link the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, and Palawan to speed up passenger transfer and boost the movement of products and goods.

The ferry vessel was designed in Australia by Sea Transport Solutions and built in a shipyard in Hong Kong. Its engine, on the other hand, was from Japan.

Quoting APFC president and chief executive officer Christopher Pastrana, the report said the 54-meter M15 vessel can travel from Batangas to Calapan in one hour and 45 minutes and can accommodate 361 passengers.

It has a 10-seating capacity cabin with its own comfort room for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), business, tourist, and economy class.

“Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan, narito ang FastCat upang mapabilis ang inyong pag biyahe at pati ang mga kalakal ng ito’y hindi masira at agad makarating sa dapat nitong puntahan. Asahan niyo na ang aming paglilingkod ay hindi lamang dito sa Pilipinas kundi mararating na din natin ang ibang bansa sa mga susunod na panahon,” said Pastrana.

The event was attended among others by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Alfonso Umali Jr. of the 2nd District and Victoria mayor Joselito Malabanan. (DN/PIA-OrMin)