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Living in The Philippines => Places to Visit/ Things to Do => Topic started by: uk on December 31, 2009, 08:41:17 PM

Title: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: uk on December 31, 2009, 08:41:17 PM
has anyone here had experiences of the roll on roll off ferries here ?
i ask this as i am planning on doing a driving tour of as many of the islands  as possible next year .


Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: MikeBal on December 31, 2009, 10:00:48 PM
  I believe the last ferry that just sank (the one that was swamped, not the one in the collision) was a ro-ro.
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: paulgee on December 31, 2009, 10:16:13 PM
The only experience I have had of ro-ro ferries is mentioning to my wife that we could travel on one some time. The reply was a big no, and I think on reflection that was probably the correct response.

It seems a fairly regular occurrence for one of these to sink with much loss of life, so take your own lifebelt if that is going to be your method of transport.

Paul
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: uk on January 01, 2010, 12:55:41 AM
yes sadly when a ship sinks or a plane crashes the loss of life is a large number at once and will always make the headlines .but the risks of these forms of transport are no greater than traveling by bus ,jeepney ,bike or car here .
and to be able to see as many island as possible you have no choice but to take a boat,ship.
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on January 01, 2010, 12:58:11 AM
not exactly cheap either about P10,000 from CDO to Tagbilaran
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: uk on January 01, 2010, 01:21:31 AM
not exactly cheap either about P10,000 from CDO to Tagbilaran
is that per person or car + people.
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on January 01, 2010, 07:17:04 AM
car only
it\'s shipped as cargo

each person needs their own ticket

Also needs at least 4 hours for paperwork processing and you\'d better have it all or they won\'t ship it
Fixer helps things smoothe out the process


Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: RUFUS on January 01, 2010, 08:03:32 AM
Philippine Coast Guard Reports Another Maritime Accident Near Marinduque


December 31, 2009 6:13 a.m. EST

Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, Philippines (AHN) - On the eve of New Year\'s Day, another maritime accident was recorded by the Philippine Coast Guard off the coast of Marinduque. The MV Torrijos ran aground on Thursday morning before it reached the Buyabod port of Marinduque.

The vessel, owned by Sta. Cruz Shipping Lines, left Lucena\'s Talao-talao port on Wednesday 15 minutes before midnight, with 150 passengers. The roll-on, roll-off vessel was one nautical mile near the Buyabod port when it sought the help of the PCG before 4 a.m.

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017397365#ixzz0bJY8OWIC


Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: GregW on January 01, 2010, 10:03:44 AM
Last trip home we took the Ceres Liner bus from Cebu City to Dumaguete.  The bus rolled onto the ferry at the southern tip of Cebu and rolled off when we reached Negros Oriental.  Very smooth.  Here are some fotos from that trip.

Our ro-ro waiting to be loaded;

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/th_IMG_0650.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/?action=view¤t=IMG_0650.jpg)

In front of our bus was this big truck on the left and two smaller ones on the right;

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/th_IMG_0673.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/?action=view¤t=IMG_0673.jpg)

Our bus;

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/th_IMG_0674.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/?action=view¤t=IMG_0674.jpg)

Next to our bus were these two private vehicles;

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/th_IMG_0672.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/Goyo916/?action=view¤t=IMG_0672.jpg)

As you can see they stuff them.  You can either stay in your vehicle for the ride or go up to the ship\'s lounge area.  It was a pleasant experience for us.  Well, except for the bus driver from hell part.   :o  And that\'s another story.   ;D

Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: uk on January 01, 2010, 12:38:29 PM
car only
it\'s shipped as cargo

each person needs their own ticket

Also needs at least 4 hours for paperwork processing and you\'d better have it all or they won\'t ship it
helper helps things smoothe out the process



this is what i have been told.
A vital requirement for loading is the clearance from the Philippine National Police

(PNP)- Traffic Management Group (TMG). This document is a computer printout which

declares that your vehicle is not included in the PNP “hot cars” list. In simple terms, it

is not a carnapped vehicle.

Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: uk on January 01, 2010, 12:43:06 PM
Greg

glad you had a good experience with the ro-ro\'s . do you remember how long the boat trip took?
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on January 01, 2010, 04:20:15 PM
Come on Greg,
We all want to hear about the bus ride from hell!

God Bless....
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: MikeBal on January 02, 2010, 02:54:38 AM
   Some ro-ros are made for inland waterways and some for open ocean. We took one across the river in Cambodia when travelling from Phenom Penh to HCMC. According to the government, however, the one that sank was made in Japan for inland waterways but was being used for open water transport.
    That aside, I too would like to hear about the driver from hell :)
   
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: GregW on January 02, 2010, 05:45:59 AM
uk wrote;
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Greg glad you had a good experience with the ro-ro\'s . do you remember how long the boat trip took? 

Honestly don\'t remember but it passed by quickly.  Maybe half an hour or so?

Steve wrote;
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Come on Greg,
We all want to hear about the bus ride from hell!

God Bless.... 

Let\'s just say that I know what the guy in the seat kitty corner across from us had for lunch.   And that was a local guy, not an inexperienced Kano.  Thundering down the narrow road, taking corners at high speed, the steep cliffs along the side of the road inviting us to drop down anytime, driving on the wrong side (even on blind corners), etc.   :o  I was convinced I was going to die.    :\'(   I survived but only by the grace of the Lord.   ;)  On the return trip we took the boat.   ;D

Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: RUFUS on January 02, 2010, 05:59:46 AM
Greg,
Sounds like it could be a new tourist business...
Booking travel on those buses for the adrenaline junkie thrill seekers.
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: on January 02, 2010, 07:02:10 AM
  I used a RO-RO in February of 2008 from Cebu to Ormoc. I took an adventure and it only cost P3000 and a ticket for my wife I was the driver so I was free.  Dick
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: cogon88 on January 02, 2010, 08:52:33 AM
In the the local papers RoRo more then an adventure more like a gamble on your life

Lawmakers concerned over RORO remarks
By EDMER F. PANESA
December 31, 2009, 4:54pm
Lawmakers Thursday expressed concern and outrage over the admission by the country’s top maritime officials that the roll on-roll off (RORO) ferry MV Baleno 9, which sank off Verde Island in Batangas last Saturday, was not designated to sail in open sea.

Reps. Joel Villanueva of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) and Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza of Agusan del Sur said that such statement from maritime officials was tantamount to admitting their supposed negligence and dereliction of duty.

“From the very beginning, they knew that MV Baleno is only for bay use or inland travel and yet they find ways on their own standards without submitting to world’s norm in allowing it to sail on open sea,” an irate Villanueva said in a text message.


Happy New Year

Tom / Roxas City

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Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: paulgee on January 03, 2010, 01:41:20 AM
In the the local papers RoRo more then an adventure more like a gamble on your life

Lawmakers concerned over RORO remarks
By EDMER F. PANESA
December 31, 2009, 4:54pm
Lawmakers Thursday expressed concern and outrage over the admission by the country’s top maritime officials that the roll on-roll off (RORO) ferry MV Baleno 9, which sank off Verde Island in Batangas last Saturday, was not designated to sail in open sea.

Reps. Joel Villanueva of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) and Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza of Agusan del Sur said that such statement from maritime officials was tantamount to admitting their supposed negligence and dereliction of duty.

“From the very beginning, they knew that MV Baleno is only for bay use or inland travel and yet they find ways on their own standards without submitting to world’s norm in allowing it to sail on open sea,” an irate Villanueva said in a text message.


Happy New Year

Tom / Roxas City

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I think the above report encapsulates much of the reality, or ethos, of life in the Philippines,as I am sure those that live there will feel.

Paul
Title: Re: roll on roll off ferries (ro-ro\'s)
Post by: samatm on February 15, 2010, 12:03:40 PM
I have RORO\'d it from  Bogo Cebu to Palompone Leyte --    Nice smooth trip ,  1 hr late as typical,  3 hr trip... Paperwork easy.. about 2200 including all Docs and fees  No sleeper just hard chairs.
Ormoc Cebu - on Cebu Ferries.. Nice accomodations,  No hassle Paperwork...just had to find the 2Go office on the Northside of town.   3000P includes driver
CeBU to Tubigon Bohol... Easy paperwork, uneventful slow trip.     1800 all docs and fees for Mutlicab includes driver..

Tubigon to CEBU Liteshipping.. same price.. but faster boat with sleeping accomodations  1am departure 330 am arrival..
RORO is great...but IMO still pricey.. almost as firstworld transport for RORO in Euro.