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Lite Shipping Corporation, is a Cebu City-based shipping line,[1] that operates the Lite Ferries, a brand consisting of a fleet of more than 20 ships. The corporation has its origins from Bohol, and is the flagship company of Lite Holdings, Inc.[2] At present, the corporation also owns and manages Danilo Lines, Inc. and Sunline Shipping Corporation.

Lite Shipping Corporation
Private company
IndustryFerry Services
Founded1989; 30 years ago (1989)
FounderLucio E. Lim Jr.
Headquarters14 G.L Lavilles Street, Corner M.J Cuenco, Tinago, ,
Area served
Visayas, Northern Mindanao
Key people
  • Engr. Fernando A. Inting (COO)
  • Jonathan Lim-Imboy (Officer-in-Charge)
ParentLite Holdings, Inc.


The company was a wholly owned subsidiary of Lirio Enterprises, Inc., a general trading firm doing business nationwide. It started as a shipping division of the mother company in the middle of 1988 when it bought two vessels - the MV Sto. Niño de Soledad, a 500-ton DWT capacity steel-hulled vessel and the MV Sto. Niño, a wooden hull 200-ton capacity vessel. Initially, the cargo loaded was mostly goods traded by Lirio Enterprises, Inc. like salt, rice, cement, fertilizers, sugar, etc.[3] Sometimes they would accept other cargoes for backload when the occasion demands it. This shipping division was spun off as a separate shipping corporation in July 1989 when the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Articles of Incorporation and by-laws of Lite Shipping Corporation.[4]

The Lite Shipping Corporation fleet then consisted of 15 roll-on/roll-off vessels, 12 passenger vessels and 3 cargo ships. In November 1991, the corporation acquired its third vessel, the MV St. Gabriel, a steel-hulled 30-ton capacity cargo boat due to the strong demand for the smaller cargo vessel in the trading operation of the mother company. In January 1992, the company expanded into the cargo/passenger shipping business with the purchase of a 175 gross-ton roro car/truck carrier from the U.S. Navy, the LCT St. Mark. It has a capacity of four ten-wheeler cargo trucks, five cars and 50 to 70 passengers. It is the franchise holder for the Argao, Cebu to Loon, Bohol route as a daily car/truck ferry.

Lite Shipping Corporation to Lite FerriesEdit

In 2010, the Lite Shipping Corporation launched a new corporate brand name, along with a more contemporary and dynamic company logo, for all its vessels, now known as the Lite Ferries.

Lite Holdings, Inc.Edit

Lite Holdings, Inc. was formed as a Holding Company with the following corporations under its umbrella:

  1. Lite Shipping Corporation also owns and manages Danilo Lines, Inc. and Sunline Shipping Corporation. The management team is headed by COO Engr. Fernando A. Inting and OIC Jonathan Lim-Imboy;
  2. Cebu Lite Trading, Inc. was established in 1991 as a distributor of local cement brands and is also engaged in the importation of rice from Vietnam and Thailand as well as a major cement importer. The OIC for Cebu Lite Trading is Rowena Imboy-Lim.
  3. Lirio Shipping Lines, Inc. started only recently, and is led by Raymund Lim-Revilles as the OIC and he has steered the company into a major provider of LCT barges for the Mining Industry. They are also into Ship Management.
  4. Lite Properties Corporation is the latest venture of Lite Holdings Group and is engaged in real estate development particularly economic and low cost housing as well as strip mall development in Cebu and in Bohol. OIC for Lite Properties is Atty. Dominique D. Lim and ably assisted by Rochelle Brigitte Lim-Imboy.
  5. Lou's Square Development Corporation operates the hotel and restaurant business of Soledad Suites in Tagbilaran City as well as Casa Filomena Resort in Panglao and Pamilacan Island Paradise, all in Bohol where the Lim Family traces their roots.



As of June 2017, Lite Ferries have 23 ferries that are ROPAXes plus 2 Cargo RORO LCTs (LF 26 and LF 28).

  • M/V Lite Ferry 1[5] (IMO 7005530)
    • She was the M/V Danilo 1 of Danilo Lines, Inc., before the company was acquired by Lite Shipping Corporation.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 2
    • A sister ship of the M/V Lite Ferry 1, she was the M/V Danilo 2 of Danilo Lines, Inc., before the company was acquired by Lite Shipping Corporation.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 3
    • The current Lite Ferry 3 was acquired in 2006 as the former Noumi No.8 in Japan, later becoming the second Santiago de Bohol in the Lite Ferries fleet.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 6 (formerly M/V San Jose de Tagbilaran) (IMO number7225477)
    • Acquired by Lite Ferries in 2004 as the Salve Juliana of the MBRS Shipping Lines of Romblon. Her sister ships are the MV Lite Ferry 1 and 2. She was built in 1971, completed in January 1972 by Nakamura Shipbuilding & Engine Works Company in the Matsue shipyard. She was first named M/V Hagi, and assigned IMO 7225477, then became M/V Salve Juliana in 1990.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 7[6]
    • Acquired in 2005 as the former Shodoshima Maru No.1 in Japan, and Zhu Du No.2 in China, she was then known as the San Ramon de Bohol with a flat bow ramp that was later changed into a conventional pointed bow.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 8 (IMO number7323205)
    • The company's flagship, she is 75 meters long, and can carry almost 800 passengers and 18 trucks or buses. She was acquired in 2007 as the GP Ferry-1 of George & Peter Lines, formerly the M/V Santa Maria of Negros Navigation
  • M/V Lite Ferry 10[7] (formerly M/V Ocean King I)
    • There were 2 vessels to be named such. The first one was a double-ended ferry, measuring 46.0 meters by 10.0 meters by 3.8 meters with a Net Tonnage of 165. She had a sister ship, the Lite Ferry 9, which was later sold by the company. LF 10 was then sold to Medallion Transport in 2011 where she became the Lady of Miraculous Medal.
    • The second and present Lite Ferry 10 was the former Ocean King I of Seamarine Transport Incorporated, first acquired as a charter then later bought by the company.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 11[8] (IMO number8618499)
    • She was acquired by Lite Ferries along with 3 other vessels in 2010, as the Misaki No.5 of Oishi Shipping in Japan, measuring 65.7 meters by 15 meters by 3.5 meters but with a Gross Tonnage of 462.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 12 (IMO number8405244)
    • She was also acquired in 2010 from Japan, and measures 41.6 meters, a breadth of 9.6 meters, a depth of 5.6 meters and a Gross Tonnage of 249.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 15 (IMO number7853286)
    • She was also acquired in 2010 from Japan, and measures 60.3 meters length, 11.4 meters beam and a Gross Tonnage of 827 with a Net Tonnage of 562
  • M/V Lite Ferry 17
    • Arrived in 2016 together with her sister ship from China, she was formerly known as Bao Dao 5.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 18 (IMO number8773885)
    • Acquired in 2016 from China, a sister ship of Lite Ferry 17, and was formerly known as Bao Dao 6 .
  • M/V Lite Ferry 19 (IMO number8773897)
    • She was acquired in 2016 from Hainan Strait Shipping Company (HNSS) in China, and she is a sister ship of Lite Ferry 16.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 20 (formerly LCT St. Mark)
    • She was one of the first few ships of the company.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 21 (formerly M/V Sta. Filomena)
    • Acquired in 2012 as the LCT Dona Trinidad 1 of Candano Shipping Lines in Bicol.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 22
    • Acquired in 2008 as the former LCT Socor 1 of Socor Shipping Lines, she was named LCT Sto. Nino de Bohol.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 23
    • She was the fourth vessel acquired in 2010, and is considered unique being a catamaran RORO that looks like an LCT from the side. She is 57.5 meters long, and 16.0 meters wide, with gross tonnage of 496.88.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 25
    • She was acquired in 2012 from China, measuring 49.3 meters long and 13.8 meters wide.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 26[9]
    • She was bought from China in 2015, formerly known as the Diomicka.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 27
    • She was bought brand new from China in 2015, measuring 62.18 meters long and 16.8 meters wide, with a gross tonnage of 898.65.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 28
    • She was bought from China in 2015 along with LF 26, and was formerly known as the Maria Dulce.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 29[10] (IMO number9814296)
    • She is an LCT brought brand new from China.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 30[11]
    • An LCT (Land Craft Transport) Vessel, with IMO # 9814301, overall length of 71.40 meters, length between perpendiculars of 56.50 meters, breadth of 16.80 meters, depth of 4.20 meters, and draft of 2.50 meters. She has 2 passenger decks, with a maximum capacity of 387 passengers (both lying and sitting accommodations). She can also accommodate a total of 4 10-wheeler trucks or 18 cars on her wagon/cargo deck.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 88. The Latest Vessel Of Lite Ferry, And Their First High Speed Catamaran Vessel.

She Is Currently Serving Cebu - Tubigon Tubigon - Cebu Route.


  • Lite Jet 1 - sold to Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc., renamed Ocean Jet 11
  • Lite Jet 8
    • Built in China, she was known as Aquan Two in Hongkong, then Nonan 2 in Vietnam, before being acquired by the company. She was later sold to Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc., then renamed as Ocean Jet 12.
  • Lite Jet 9
    • Built in China, she was known as Aquan One in Hongkong, then Nonan 1 in Vietnam, before being acquired together with Lite Jet 8. She was later sold to Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc., where she was renamed Ocean Jet 10.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 5 (formerly M/V Our Lady of the Barangay)
    • She was acquired in 2005, as the former Daishin Maru. Her dimensions were only 42.6 meters by 11.5 meters by 3.0 meters and forward part of the car deck has to be converted in Tourist accommodation to increase her passenger capacity. She was re-engined, and was later sold to a company in Palawan in 2017.
  • M/V Lite Ferry 16
    • She was acquired in 2015 from Hainan Strait Shipping Company (HNSS) in China, and became a modified LCT with a car ramp at the bow and two partial decks of passenger accommodations below the bridge where one extends to near amidship which means the passenger area is far higher than the conventional LCT.



Lite Shipping's main port of call is at the Port of Cebu City. She has routes to the ports of Pulauan (Dapitan), Dipolog, Larena (Siquijor), Mandaue, Ormoc, Naval (Biliran), Plaridel (Misamis Occidental), Samboan, Oslob, San Carlos (Negros Occidental), Sibulan (Negros Oriental), Tagbilaran, Toledo, Cagayan de Oro, Jagna, Tubigon, Dumaguete, Nasipit (Agusan del Norte), Bogo and Calbayog.

At present, these are the routes (and vice versa) served by Lite Ferries:

  • Cebu - Cagayan de Oro
  • Cebu - Calbayog (via Bogo City), launched in November 2016
  • Cebu - Naval, Biliran Province
  • Cebu - Ormoc
  • Cebu - Larena (via Tagbilaran City)
  • Cebu - Plaridel (via Tagbilaran City and Larena)
  • Cebu - Tagbilaran
  • Cebu - Tubigon
  • Toledo - San Carlos
  • Mandaue - Tubigon
  • Mandaue - Ormoc
  • Tagbilaran - Larena
  • Tagbilaran - Argao (formerly Loon-Argao that started in 1990, but was moved to Tagbilaran after a strong earthquake damaged the Port of Loon)
  • Samboan - Dapitan
  • Bato (Samboan, Cebu) - Sibulan
  • Jagna - Cagayan de Oro
  • Jagna - Nasipit
  • Plaridel - Larena
  • Oslob, Cebu - Dipolog, launched in 2019

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On the early morning of August 28, 2019, M/V Lite Ferry 16 was caught on fire near the engine room about 3 kilometers off Pulauan Port in Dapitan City with at least 4 passengers dead[12].[13][14]

Sister companiesEdit

These are the shipping companies of Lite Shipping:[15]

  • Danilo Lines, Incorporated
  • Sunline Shipping Corporation
  • Lirio Shipping Lines, Incorporated[16]
  • FAL Shipping Corporation
  • Cebu Lite Trading, Inc.
  • Manila Heavy Equipment Corporation[17]
  • Soledad Suites[18]
  • Brewpoint Coffee Club
  • Casa Felomina
  • Pamilacan Island Paradise[19]
  • Bohol Yacht Club, Inc.
  • Bohol Community Cable TV Systems, Inc.
  • Bohol Pensioners Financing Corporation
  • Next Models Management Inc.
  • Lite Properties Corporation


  1. ^ "Lite Shipping Main Office | Telephone Number". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  2. ^ "About". Lite Ferries Official Website. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lite Shipping Corporation | Everything Cebu". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  4. ^ "Brief History of Lite Shipping Corporation". Lite Shipping Corporation. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  5. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Lite Ferry 1". Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  6. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of Lite Ferry 7". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  7. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of MV Lite Ferry 10". Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  8. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of Lite Ferry 11". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  9. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of Lite Ferry 26". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  10. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of Lite Ferry 29". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  11. ^ "Filsec - Filipino Ship Enthusiast Coalition - Photo of Lite Ferry 30". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  12. ^ "At least 4 dead as RO-RO bound for Dapitan from Cebu catches fire". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  13. ^ "3 killed in sea tragedy; where was Coast Guard?". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  14. ^ {{Cite web|url= dead in ferry fire; help came 3 hours later||access-date=2019-09-02}
  15. ^ "Sister Companies". Lite Ferries Official Website. Archived from the original on September 6, 2016. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  16. ^ "Lirio Shipping Lines | We Move Your Cargo Safe and Fast". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  17. ^ "Manila Heavy Equipment Corporation - Best Japan-assembled trucks in Cebu". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  18. ^ "Soledad Suites". Soledad Suites. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  19. ^ "Pamilacan Island Paradise". Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-04.

See alsoEdit