2GO deploys new Japan-built ship – The Manila Times
2GO Travel, the country’s largest premier sea travel provider, said its newly acquired vessel from Japan will have its maiden voyage in Philippine waters this month.
The new ship will be part of 2GO’s fleet of 10 Ro-Ro- passenger (Ropax) and freighter vessels that sail to 20 major ports of call, linking Manila to Visayas and Mindanao.
Blessie Cruz, 2GO assistant vice president for marketing said 2GO Travel is operating nonstop voyages to all ports of call amid the extended community quarantine (ECQ) and has implemented safety and health protocols among its crew and passengers.
“This new acquisition is part of our continuing efforts to upgrade our fleet, modernize our operations, and provide a better passenger experience in sea travel. As destinations reopen their doors to local tourists, we are ready to bring Filipinos to their favorite Philippine islands,” Cruz said.
2GO Travel offered discounted tickets until May 3, as part of its pre-launch efforts for voyages from June 1 to December 15, 2021. It will sail from Batangas to Caticlan and Roxas for only P299 one-way with a 50kg baggage allowance. Travel ticket for Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Coron, Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Puerto Princesa is as low as P399; while for routes from Manila to Butuan, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro, it costs P499.
2GO Travel also activated more than 20 online and offline payment channels and constantly strives to push boundaries in providing travelers a wide selection of reasonably-priced hotel accommodations, tours, and event packages.
The company is present in more than 2,000 outlets nationwide, operating in 18 ports of call in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
2GO Group, Inc. is the Philippines’ largest integrated transportation and logistics provider, at its core has five business units, namely, 2GO Sea Solutions, 2GO Special Containers, 2GO Logistics, 2GO Distribution, and 2GO Express.
2GO operates six large RoRo/Pax vessels calling on Manila as their homeport and sail from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao, including Palawan. Further, 2GO operates three medium-sized vessels with Batangas as their homeport, plying on the Batangas-Caticlan-Odiongan and the Batangas-Romblon-Roxas routes. 2GO also operates one purely cargo vessel, with Manila as its homeport, to complement its freight business.
Its major competitors in the domestic shipping industry are Phil Span Asia Container Corp, Oceanic Container Lines, and National Marine Corporation, Lorenzo Shipping, Solid Shipping Lines, and Moreta Shipping.
2GO Group, Inc. and subsidiaries widened its net loss of P1.8 billion in 2020 mainly because of the reduced economic activity brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. It incurred a net loss of P892 million in 2019.
The group’s revenue decreased by 19 percent year-over-year (YoY). Travel revenue declined by 78 percent YoY or P2.9 billion. Freight revenue from shipping declined 10 percent while revenue from logistics and other services declined 13 percent YoY, with the steepest declines occurring from March to May when most of the country was placed under ECQ.