After some delay, the maiden voyage serving the Jagna-Balbagon-Opol route of FAST CAT finally docked at Opol Fishport a little over 8:00pm, March 21, 2018.
Executives of Fast Cat and local government officials led by Opol Municipal Mayor Max Seno, Opol Vice Mayor Chizarina Ortigoza, media, other guests and local residents in the area eagerly awaited Fast Cat’s arrival. Shown below is Fast Cat’s catamaran-type roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel as it approaches the port.
Vehicles were the first to disembark from the fast craft.
…followed by the passengers.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting led by Opol Mayor Max Seno was conducted formally launching Fast Cat’s operations serving Opol.
Guests were then allowed a quick tour of the fast craft.
The passenger terminal building was renovated by Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC), the operator of Fast Cat.
A marching band from Opol National Secondary Technical School provided some festive atmosphere during the launch.
The marching band also performed at the cardeck.
The fast craft’s spacious cardeck can accommodate 34 cars and 7 trucks at full capacity.
An elevator exclusively for PWDs is provided.
There are three areas for passengers: Premium Economy, Business Class and Sundeck (Economy). Overall, Fast Cat can accommodate 275 seating passengers.
Proper waste management is being implemented inside the sea craft.
By the way, here’s a guide for Fast Cat passengers. Tickets can be purchased near the port.
Meanwhile, the first five (5) passengers of each category were given free tickets. This Bohol-bound couple below including their dog were lucky to avail of the promo.
The snack bar provides goodies and refreshment for the passengers.
The terminal as viewed from the sundeck.
These scenes will soon be a daily sight in Opol.
Fast Cat getting ready to depart for Camiguin.
Meanwhile, a corporate video presentation and press conference was conducted at the passenger terminal wherein Mayor Seno announced he has asked Fast Cat to change their schedule from night trips to daytime trips and he would personally assist Fast Cat to get the approval from Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for the change in schedule.
Mayor Seno underscored the town’s tourism potentials and happily announced that Opol is now the newest gateway to Visayas from Mindanao.
Mayor Seno and other local officials pose with Fast Cat executives.
Photo below shows Mayor Seno being interviewed by a local TV network.
APFC General Manager Segundo C. Mentoya, Jr. answers questions from the media and bloggers.
Meanwhile, guess the first truck to get on the cardeck from Opol to Camiguin.
Click the link below for current rates and schedule.