Cokaliong Shipping Lines

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Cokaliong Shipping Lines
Private company
Founded1989; 31 years ago (1989)
Cokaliong Tower, Osmeña Blvd. North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Area served
Visayas, Mindanao
Key people
Chester C. Cokaliong
Founder, CEO, & COO
Gregoria C. Cokaliong
President & Chairperson
DivisionsCokaliong Forwarding Division
Port of Cebu with Cokaliong ships; from left to right: Filipinas Dinagat, Filipinas Cebu, Filipinas Iligan, Filipinas Nasipit, and Filipinas Maasin.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. (CSLI) is a shipping line based in Cebu City, Philippines. It operates both passenger and cargo ferries on eight routes in the Visayas and Mindanao regions and is one of the youngest shipping companies in the Philippines.[1]

CSLI was organized in 1989 by Chester Enterprises, Inc., a textile and ready-to-wear enterprise started in 1969 that diversified into the shipping business with the purchase a vessel from Japan in 1998, christened the M/V Filipinas Ozamis. In May 2012, the company acquired its ninth vessel, a 3,000-ton, 850-passenger vessel from Japan.[2] On March 9, 2013, the line opened its 13th port of call with the opening of Cebu-Nasipit route.[3] Through the years, the company has acquired twelve (12) RORO passenger and cargo vessels traveling the national waters.


Kyushu Shosen's "Ferry Nagasaki" ferry boat, departing from the Nagasaki harbour and renamed as "FILIPINAS BUTUAN"
The Filipinas Cagayan de Oro dock in Macabalan Port

Current Vessels (13 ships)

  • M/V Filipinas Cebu[4] (IMO number9048562)
    • She was built in 1993 by Naikai Zosen in Setoda, Japan. CSLI acquired her in 2007 from Ise Bay Ferry or Isewan (Ise-wan) Ferry in Japan, where she was known as the Mikawa Maru. She is the first ship with computerized engine monitoring system of Cokaliong Shipping. She can carry up to 686 passengers.
  • M/V Filipinas Dapitan (IMO number7534555)
  • M/V Filipinas Dinagat[5] (IMO number7227487)
  • M/V Filipinas Dumaguete (IMO number7535573)
  • M/V Filipinas Iloilo (IMO number7913830)
  • M/V Filipinas Maasin (IMO number8014887)
  • M/V Filipinas Ozamis[6] (IMO number9185566)
  • M/V Filipinas Iligan (IMO number7813042)
    • She was the subject of the infamous Tayog-Tayog, an urban legend depicting the mysterious ghost ship which appears every night at 1 in the morning based from the residents of Lazi, Siquijor. This led to many people believing the ghost ships that had supposedly been appearing in the area the past 70 years were truly engkanto ships. It was later revealed that the ghost ship is turned out as a real passenger vessel as the PCG-Siquijor chased down the waters in order to see the mysterious ghost ship. The second alleged mysterious vessel was the M/V Trans-Asia 1 (the flagship of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines), which also takes the same route but with an opposite schedule or route as M/V Filipinas Iligan.
  • M/V Filipinas Butuan[7] (IMO number8125909)
  • M/V Filipinas Nasipit (IMO number9052886)
    • She was the former M/V Taiko, acquired in 2014.
  • M/V Filipinas Jagna[8][9] (IMO number9162722)
    • Built in 1997, she is the former M/V Eins Soya in Japan, before being purchased by CSLI from Japan in 2016. She can accommodate as much as 625 passengers as well as cargo.[10]
  • M/V Filipinas Surigao Del Norte (IMO number9196412)
    • She is the former M/V Avrora Okushiri, the newest acquisition of Cokaliong Shipping, purchased in 2016 and.[11][12] She was built in 1999, and is the sister ship of the M/V Filipinas Jagna. She is the third vessel to have third ship in the Cokaliong fleet to have a computerized engine monitoring system. She plies the Cebu-Surigao route.
  • M/V Filipinas Cagayan de Oro[13] (IMO number9211743)
    • Built in 2000, she is the former M/V Ferry Toshima in Japan. . It serves Cebu-Cagayan de Oro and Cagayan de Oro-Jagna (Bohol) route.

New Vessel/s

  • M/V Filipinas Mindanao (IMO number9238143)
    • She is the former M/V Feelease Soya of Heart Land Ferry, the newest acquisition of Cokaliong Shipping, purchased in 2019.

Former Vessels

  • M/V Filipinas Surigao (Sold to Roble Shipping Inc. And was renamed Mv. Sacred Stars.)
  • M/V Filipinas Siargao - formerly the MV Gingoog City, and this was originally a fishing vessel converted into a ferry; sold to breakers in 1997
  • M/V Tandag - the company's first ship, a hand-me-down from Trans-Asia Shipping Lines where she was known as the M/V Asia Philippines
  • M/V Filipinas Tandag - bought in 1992, the former MV Trans-Asia


Cokaliong Shipping Lines' main port of call is Cebu City.[14]

Other ports of call are:

Former ports:


As of December 2017:[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company History and Background". Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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  4. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Filipinas Cebu". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  5. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Filipinas Dinagat". Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  6. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Filipinas Ozamis". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  7. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Filipinas Butuan". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  8. ^ Silva, Victor Anthony V. (2016-09-03). "Cokaliong Shipping Lines unveils its newest ship". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  9. ^ Cacho, Katlene O. (2016-01-19). "Cokaliong acquires M/V 'Eins Soya'". SunStar. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  10. ^ "M/V "FILIPINAS JAGNA"". Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  11. ^ "Cokaliong acquires new passenger vessel". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  12. ^ Abangan, Frauline Maria S. (2016-09-08). "Cokaliong Shipping acquires 12th Ro-Ro vessel". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  13. ^ "Cokaliong to launch "M/V Filipinas Cagayan de Oro" to serve Cebu-CDO, CDO-Jagna routes; maiden voyage set February 2". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  14. ^ a b Cokaliong Shipping