Commuter Ferries for Manila’s Pasig River

Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Long considered a polluted ditch through the city, Manila’s Pasig River is being rehabilitated. Central to this endeavor is a ferry service that will include 15 terminals along a 10.5 mile route stretching from Intramuros near Manila Bay to Pasig City. The bid to operate the system was awarded in 2005 to a joint venture of Filipino groups led by Penta Captial Investment and the Australian Robert Cole of Sydneyside Cruises Ltd. The first of four vessels are now in operation with several more under construction.

Vessel Name: Pasig Ferry Boat Owner: scc NAUTICAL TRANSPORT SERVICES Inc Contact & phone: Robert S. Cole 63915 990 4284 Boat Builder: scc NAUTICAL TRANSPORT SERVICES Inc Boat Designer: Robert S. Cole Vessel: (length X Beam X molded depth) L-23m B-7m D-1.8m draft-1.1m Deck dimension: Passenger area inside 104m2 and outer decks is 22m2 Hull material: FRP Main engines: Cummins QSM-11, 355 horsepower each Marine gear & shafting(model and ratio): ZF 325-1A, 2.037 to 1 Ratio, 2 -inch 316ss shaft Propellers, dimension: 4 blade 30-inch propellers Capacities: 150 Passengers Crew: four Tankage: Fuel: 2 x 1500 litters Water: 2 x 1000 liters Vessel's assignment: Passenger ferries, River and bay operations Design speeds: 19 Knots, operational speed 12 Knots Delivery date: construction of over 10 vessels ongoing with 4 operational at present Noteworthy aspects: at operational speed the vessel fuel consumption per hour is less than 30 litters total for both engines.

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