Trans-Asia Shipping Lines

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Trans-Asia Shipping Lines
Industry Transportation
Founded March 25, 1974
Founder Julian G. Sy Sr.
Headquarters Corner MJ Cuenco Avenue, & Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City, Philippines
Area served
Key people

Dennis A. Uy

Arthur Kenneth L. Sy
President and CEO
Services Passenger and cargo transportation
Parent Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation
  • Quality Metal & Shipworks
  • Oceanstar Shipping
  • Dynamic Cuisine
  • Starsy Shoppe

Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Incorporated (TASLI) is a shipping company based in Cebu City, Philippines. It was incorporated on March 25, 1974 under the name of Solar Shipping Lines, Inc.[1] The Chairman of the company is Dennis A. Uy. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines is now managed by the Chelsea Logistics, Corp.

The company took steps towards cargo modernization in 2013, by acquiring almost 8,000 square meters of property within Cebu Pier area, and upgrading operations to include 10-footer container vans while maintaining loose and palletized / break bulk operations to cater to clients' varying needs. By 2015, the company started offering 20-foot container van service for Cebu to Cagayan and Cagayan to Cebu route. 

In 2016, the company expanded cargo operations to Manila, with a freighter vessel offering Less Container Cargo (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL) cargo service. Barely 6 months of serving Cebu to Manila and Manila to Cebu route, we now include 40-footer container service.

In December 2016, Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation purchased the entire outstanding shares of stocks of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. including its four subsidiaries.[2]

  • Quality Metal & Shipworks, Inc. – engaged in machining and mechanical works on ship machineries and industrial plants.
  • Oceanstar Shipping, Inc. – engaged in the business of domestic shipping for the transportation of passengers and cargoes within territorial waters and/or on the high seas.
  • Dynamic Cuisine, Inc. – engaged in operating restaurants, coffee shops, refreshment parlors, cocktail lounges, bars, and in cooking and catering foods, drinks, refreshments and other foods or commodities.
  • Starsy Shoppe, Inc. – engaged in the purchase of all kinds of food and beverage products and merchandise, except rice and corn, locally and/or through importation for purposes of selling the same on retail or wholesale, either local and/or through importation.

Current Fleet[3][edit]

The Trans-Asia 3 in Cebu Port

TASLI operates 7 passenger cargo vessels and 3 cargo vessels. Its latest vessel is West Ocean 10, renamed Trans Asia 12, which was acquired in June 2016 and currently serves the Cebu-Manila-Cebu route. In December 2016, West Ocean 11 arrived in the Philippines, and is scheduled to be delivered to TASLI after completion of its dry-docking in mid- 2017.

Passenger Vessels[edit]

M/V Trans Asia 1 (3rd Gen Passenger vessel)[edit]

Accquired in Europe, Ex-Warrior Spirit

M/V Trans-Asia 2[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 2, formerly Lite Ferry I of Lite Shipping was acquired by Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. in 1998 and renamed as Trans-Asia 2. She serves Cebu to Ozamis route.

M/V Trans-Asia 3 (IMO 8807131)[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 3 is the flagship vessel of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. Formerly New Shikoku of Shikoku Ferry Line of Japan, it was acquired by the company in 2008. This passenger vessel has a length of 110 meters and can travel up to 20 knots. It serves Cebu to Cagayan de Oro route.

M/V Trans-Asia 8 (IMO 8312980)[edit]

Trans-Asia acquired this ship in the early 2011. This ship used to be Doña Rita Sr. of Gothong Southern. She serves Cebu - Tagbilaran - Cebu and Cagayan - Tagbilaran - Cagayan routes.

M/V Trans-Asia 9 (IMO 7823528)[edit]

Trans-Asia acquired this ship in the early 2012. This ship was the Ferry Kikai of A" Line in Japan, Mabuhay 6 of WG & A Shipping Lines, Our Lady of Good Voyage of Cebu Ferries (later 2Go Travel) and Doña Conchita Sr. of Gothong Southern. She serves Cebu to Cagayan de Oro route.

M/V Trans-Asia 10 (IMO 7912783)[edit]

MV Trans-Asia 10 is Trans-Asia's latest acquisition, as the former M/V Princess of the Earth of Sulpicio Lines. She serves the Cebu-Cagayan de Oro route.

M/V Asia Philippines (IMO 7434262)[4][edit]

M/V Asia Philippines was acquired by Trans-Asia in 1994 from Japan. She was built by Nakamura Zosen in their Matsue yard in Japan in 1975, then named as the M/V Orange Star. She was the sister ship of Danica Joy 2 of Aleson Shipping Lines.

She serves Cebu to Iloilo route and Cagayan De Oro to Tagbilaran route and has a 500-passenger capacity.

Cargo Vessels[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 5 (IMO 8817083)[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 5, former Butuan Bay 1 of Carlos A. Gothong Lines Inc. (CAGLI). Trans-Asia acquired this ship in the early 2010 and completed reconfiguring the vessel on December, 2010 and she serves Cebu to Masbate route as a cargo vessel. Her passenger decks was removed due to Permit Cancellation.

She was built by Iwagi Zosen in the Iwagi shipyard for the shipping company Keiyo Kisen and she was completed in February 1989.

M/V Asia Pacific (IMO 8105844)[edit]

M/V Asia Pacific was acquired by Trans-Asia in 1997. She plies the routes Cebu to Tacloban and Cebu to Zamboanga.

M/V Trans-Asia 12[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 12 was acquired in 2016. She has a capacity of 175 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and she serves the Cebu-Manila route

Former Vessels[edit]

M/V Asia China[edit]

The vessel ended its service last February 2013 and sold to other shipping companies in cebu

M/V Trans-Asia 1[edit]

M/V Trans-Asia 1 was owned by the Sado Kisen Car Ferry of Japan, and was acquired by Trans-Asia/Solar in 1993. Trans-Asia 1's sister ship is M/V Asia China. The vessel was broken down in Cebu City

M/V Asia Malaysia[edit]

M/V Asia Malaysia was acquired by Trans-Asia in 1997 and used to serve Cebu City to Iloilo City route.

M/V Asia Japan[edit]

M/V Asia Japan sold to Santa Clara Shipping and renamed as M/V Nathan Matthew

M/V Asia Hongkong[edit]

This vessel was sold to Montenegro Lines and renamed as M/V Reina del Rosario

M/V Asia Brunei[edit]

Asia Brunei was sold to Navios Lines as M/V Grand Unity.

M/V Asia Singapore[edit]

Asia Singapore was sold to FJ Palacio Lines and renamed as M/V Calbayog. M/V Calbayog was sold to Starlite Ferries Inc. and renamed as M/V Starlite Neptune.

M/V Asia Thailand[edit]

This vessel was destroyed by fire while docked at the Port of Cebu.

M/V Asia Taiwan[edit]

The vessel was sold to Asian Marine Transport System and renamed as M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 7 then capsized in Manila Bay.

M/V Asia Indonesia[edit]

The vessel was sold to Navios Lines as M/V Grand Venture.

Ports of call[5][edit]

With Cebu as the company's home port, it serves other destinations such as:




Passenger/Cargo Routes[edit]

Cargo-only routes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company Profile". Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. Official Website. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc". Chelsea Logistics. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Vessels". Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  4. ^ "The Asia Philippines". Philippine Ship Spotters Society. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Destinations". Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. Retrieved 2017-12-10.