MV Oceanjet 7THE Municipal Council of Mahinog today approved a resolution interposing no objection for Ocean Jet of Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc. (OFFI) to operate fast ferries between Benoni and Balingoan and Jagna routes.
OFFI, a domestic shipping company based in Cebu City and operates several fast ferries in Central Visayas, is applying with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) for a special permit to operate in Jagna, Bohol-Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin-Balingoan, Misamis Oriental routes.
MV Ocean Jet 7 is expected to start operating daily before holy week, according to Mr. Peter Randy Gaquit, Balingoan-Benoni Operations.
According to the resolution of the municipal council, the economic growth in Camiguin as a tourist island province requires an efficient water transport industry to ferry passengers and cargo at reasonable and competitive rates.
The entry of new operators into these routes should be encouraged as it will enhance the level of competition and bring about reasonable rates and improved quality of fast craft and ferry services, it added.
Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc. (OFFI) entry to this island province is a welcome development taking into consideration the economic and beneficial effect which the service will bring to the province and neighboring islands or region, the resolution said.
There is only one fast ferry that operates Cagayan de Oro-Benoni-Jagna connection which is currently served by Paras Sea Cat.
With Ocean Jet, this is the first and only fast craft that serves Jagna-Benoni-Balingoan routes.