The Montenegro Shipping Lines Incorporated is in Cloud 9 as they take pride with its new gem MV Santa Brigida completing its maiden voyage earlier today, March 6.
Arriving at Matabang Port in the Municipality of Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro, she was heralded with trumpets of water canon, along with crisp bangs of fireworks.
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She embarked on her first journey off Batangas City Port at 12:15 and touched down at Matabang Port around 1:45pm. On board were MSLI Management.
With a span of 72 meters long, MV Santa Brigida can carry a hefty load of eighteen (18) buses, aside from its comforting capacity to serve 365 passengers.
But the x-factor that makes her rise above the rest is its desalination system which can convert salt water into potable water! Now this is something that totally raised the bar for local maritime industry.
This elegantly designed RoRo vessel had its shape molded and fine-tuned at MSLI – owned San Pedro Shipyard in Lucena City, . Metal sheets sculpture works began in 18 June 2019 and completed last 15 February 2020.
She is the 3rd ship built by said shipyard following MV Santa Soledad and MV Santa Alberta.
As smooth as it can get, MV Santa Brigida can go as fast as 13 – 14 knots, fast enough for everyone on board to thread pieces of life’s memories.
Accordingly, she is the 61st member of MSLI’s fleet connecting lives, culture, and economy from one island to another.
Occidental Mindoro would be on smile to sail on board MV Santa Brigida. But that one will have to wait. Why? Because she’s destined to serve the Batangas – Calapan City route. And will probably be on an on-call duty for Occidental Mindoro if the need arises.
Now, let me show you how she has been earlier today:
Photos: Geof Panganiban