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Not to be confused with BC Ferries, Hawaii Superferry and Super ferries.
Industry Shipping
Founded Aboitiz
Area served

SuperFerry, founded as Aboitiz Shipping Company, later Aboitiz SuperFerry was one of the largest ferry companies in the Philippines before it was purchased by Negros Navigation, which simultaneously was purchased by the Chinese government through its private equity fund the China-Asean Investment Cooperation Fund, and became 2GO Travel, part of the 2GO Group.

The shipping company was known in the 1990s as William, Gothong & Aboitiz (WG&A). Aboitiz bought out the William Lines and Gothong Lines Group . The Gothong Group restarted its own shipping company called Carlos A. Gothong Lines (CAGLI), while the William Group opted to concentrate on its logistics, warehousing, and courier business, called Fast Logistics. SuperFerry and its sister companies SuperCat and Cebu Ferries are owned and operated by the former Negros Navigation when Negros Navigation bought all of Aboitiz Transport System, was sold to China-Asean Investment Cooperation Fund, and relaunched as 2GO Travel in 2012.


The following the ports of call were served by SuperFerry:


Some of these vessels are still operating as part of the 2GO Travel fleet

  • St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly SuperFerry 2) (Sank after hitting by M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, 31 bodies found, 172 missing,August 16, 2013.[1] )
  • St. Pope John Paul II (formerly SuperFerry 12)
  • St. Gregory the Great (formerly SuperFerry 20 (formerly M/V Sunflower Kogane acquired from Diamond Ferry))
  • St. Leo the Great (formerly SuperFerry 21 (formerly M/V Sunflower Nishiki acquired from Kansai Kisen))
  • St.Therese of the Child Jesus (formerly Superferry 16)
  • St. Joseph the Worker (former fleet of Negros Navigation, sold to breakers)
  • St. Peter the Apostle (former fleet of Negros Navigation, sold to breakers)
  • St. Michael the Archangel [former flagship of Negros Navigation)
  • St. Augustine of Hippo (formerly Cebu Ferry 1)
  • St. Anthony de Padua (formerly Cebu Ferry 2)
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola (formerly Cebu Ferry 3)
  • SuperFerry 3 (Burned while in drydock, 2000)[2]
  • SuperFerry 6 (Destroyed by fire, 2000[3])
  • SuperFerry 7 (Burned at the dock in 1997[3])
  • SuperFerry 8 (Renamed SuperFerry 19, 2004)[4])
  • SuperFerry 9 (Sunk, 2009[5])
  • SuperFerry 10 (Broken up in China[6])(Former flagship)
  • SuperFerry 11 (Renamed Our Lady of Banneux and transferred to SuperFerry's subsidiary, Cebu Ferries. Sold and broken up in 2003.)
  • SuperFerry 14 (bombed and caught fire, 2004[7])
  • SuperFerry 15 (Sold)
  • SuperFerry 17 (Sold)
  • SuperFerry 18 (Sold)
  • SuperFerry 19 (No longer in service, sold to breakers)
  • Our Lady of Medjugorje(Sold to a shipping company in Indonesia)
  • Our Lady of Lipa
  • Our Lady of Good Voyage (Sold to Gothong Southern, named as M/V Doña Conchita Sr.; was later sold by Gothong Southern to Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, now named as Trans-Asia 9)
  • Our Lady of Naju
  • Our Lady of Sacred Heart
  • Doña Virginia (sold)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (sold to George and Peter Lines & renamed as M/V GP Ferry 2)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Our Lady of Montserrat
  • Our Lady of Manaoag
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Our Lady of the Rule (broken by ship breakers in Alang, India)
  • M/V Sta. Rita de Casia (formerly SuperFerry 1; sold to an Indonesian shipping company. Now as Mutiara Persada 1)
  • M/V St. Joan of Arc (formerly SuperFerry 5)
  • M/V Doña Monserrat
  • M/V Doña Florentina
  • M/V Don Julio
  • M/V Don Claudio
  • M/V Don Juan (sunk in 1980)
  • M/V Santa Florentina
  • M/V Santa Maria
  • M/V Connie I
  • M/V Connie II
  • M/V San Sebastian
  • M/V Don Vicente
  • M/V Princess of Panay (sold to breakers)
  • M/V St. Ezekiel Moreno (sold to breakers)
  • M/V St. Francis of Assisi (caught fire in 1999; later sold to breakers)
  • M/V Mary, Queen of Peace (sold to breakers)
  • M/V San Lorenzo Ruiz (sold to breakers)
  • M/V San Paolo (sold to breakers)
  • M/V Princess of Negros
  • M/V Cebu City (sunk in 1994)
  • M/V Misamis Occidental
  • Supercat 23 (now tied-up)
  • Supercat 1 (sank while en route to Calapan City, Mindoro)
  • Supercat - I (sold to Emeraude Lines renamed as NORMANDIE EXPRESS, later renamed as Moorea Express)[8]
  • Supercat 2 (sold to Korean Shipping Company KOREA EXPRESS FERRY CO.,Ltd, renamed as Korea Express)
  • Supercat 3 (sold to Croatian Shipping Company Jadrolinija, renamed as Karolina [9])
  • Supercat 5 (sold to Croatian Shipping Company Jadrolinija, renamed as Judita[9])
  • Supercat 6 (sold to Moreton Bay Whale Watching, sold to Seo Kyung Korea renamed as Gold Coast)
  • Supercat 7 (sold to Croatian Shipping Company Jadrolinija, renamed as Novalja[9])
  • Supercat 8 (sold to Croatian Shipping Company Jadrolinija, renamed as Dubravka[9])
  • Supercat 9 (sold to Croatian Shipping Company, renamed as Bisovo)
  • Supercat 10 (sold to Korean Shipping Company WONDERFUL ISLAND CO., renamed as Mosulpo 1 (모슬포1호))
  • Supercat 11/St. Raphael (sold to Italian Shipping Company Ustica Lines, renamed as Federica M)
  • Supercat 12/St. Gabriel (sold to Italian Shipping Company Ustica Lines, renamed as Gabrielle M)
  • Supercat 17 (sold to Wightlink for use between Portsmouth and Ryde,[10] Renamed as FastCat-Ryde)
  • Supercat 18 (sold to Wightlink for use between Portsmouth and Ryde,[11] Renamed as FastCat-Shanklin )
  • Supercat 20 (sold to South African Shipping Company FakoShip, renamed as Endurance)
  • Supercat 21 (returned to her lessor [12])
  • Supercat 2001/Tricat 50 (sold, renamed as SEA POWER 1)
  • Supercat 2002 (sold to a Dutch Shipping Company, renamed as Tiger)

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On October 12, 2000, SuperFerry 6 caught fire on its starboard panel and sank. More than 1,000 passengers were rescued.
  • On February 27, 2004, SuperFerry 14 was bombed by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists killing 116 people. It was considered as the worst terrorist attack in the Philippines.[13][14]
  • On March 9, 2006, SuperFerry 12 caught fire off the coast of Bantayan Island. None of the 664 passengers were injured.[15]
  • On September 6, 2009, SuperFerry 9 reported engine trouble while on its way to the port of Iloilo from General Santos. The ship then listed to a 30–40 degree angle, and at 2am the captain of the vessel ordered to abandon ship. It later sank off the southern Zamboanga peninsula with more than 966 people on board. 957 people have been rescued but there are also 9 fatalities.[16]
  • On August 16, 2013, the cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete collided with the ferry St. Thomas Aquinas, sinking it in 100 feet deep waters off Talisay City in Cebu province. There were 831 people on board (715 passengers and 116 crewmembers). Initial reports indicated over 600 were rescued, with 31 confirmed dead and 172 missing.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ WG&A Annual report, 2000
  3. ^ a b A Sorry Maritime Safety Record Indeed In The Philippines, UP Ibalon Bicol, September 11, 2008
  4. ^ ATSC Annual report, 2004, Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission
  5. ^ Three sinking boats in a row: Super Ferry 9, MV Hera & MB Minham, UP Ibalon Bicol, August 9, 2009
  6. ^ Ship Report for "7302108",
  7. ^ The Return of Abu Sayyaf, Time Magazine, August 23, 2004
  8. ^ "M/S ÖREGRUND". 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d Jadrolinija - Page 6: Fast Ferries
  10. ^ FastCat-Ryde - Wightlink - Ferry Postcards & Photographs
  11. ^ Wightlink Ferry Postcards & Photographs
  12. ^ SuperCat buys new vessel for $1.7M (October 17, 2007), (archived from the original Archived March 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. on 2009-03-19).
  13. ^ Avendano, Christine (2007-07-21). "Gracia Burnham, other terror victims speak up". The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  14. ^ "Arroyo orders arrest of Abu leaders linked in ferry blast". Sun.Star Network Online. 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  15. ^ Zurbano, Joel E. (2006-03-09). "SuperFerry 12 catches fire off Bantayan Island". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  16. ^ "MV Superferry 9 Incident Report". Philippine Coast Guard. 2009-09-07 (PHT). Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  17. ^ 40 dead, 172 missing as two ships collide, Julliane De Jesus, Agence France-Presse,, August 17th, 2013

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