Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Chelsea Group is adding a new ship to its fleet, the biggest brand new RoPax made in Japan and designed for operation in Philippine waters.
At 8,800 tons and 123 meters in length, MV Trans-Asia 21 can accommodate a total of 1,085 passengers, 24 buses and 11 trucks. It is slated for delivery in the second quarter.
During its sea trials, MV Trans-Asia 21 easily reached its designed top speed of 20.1 knots and successfully hurdled all the necessary tests to ensure safe and efficient operation of the vessel.
The ship was constructed at the Fukuoka Shipyard in Japan and internationally classified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. one of the largest and most reputable ship classification agencies in the world.
It will be deployed at a prime route giving the Filipino public affordable and quality service they deserve on board a brand-new and safe ship.
Chelsea’s fleet is currently composed of 76 vessels : 22 roll-on/roll-off passenger vessels, 10 fastcrafts, 11 cargo ships, 16 tankers, 16 tugboats and 1 floating dock through the company’s subsidiaries Chelsea Shipping Corp., Starlite Ferries, Inc., Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc., and The Supercat Fast Ferry Corp.