Weesam Express Vessels
For the passenger ferry boat acquisition, contact were made with Mr. Yong Choo Kui, owner of the Yong Choo Kui Shipyard, Sdn. Bhd. at Sibu,. Sarawak, Malaysia. The first passenger steel hull boat was acquired from the operator of the BULLET EXPRESS, thence, it was commission by SRN FAST SEACRAFTS, INC. to be finished by the above-shipyard which when completed then, a team led by undersigned went to take delivery of said vessel from Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. The name of the craft M/V “WEESAM EXPRESS” was derived from the name of the youngest son of HADJI WAHAB A. AMIL, the President-Chairman whose name was WEESAM.
The sea craft is fully enclosed air-conditioned atmosphere, with 278 comfortable/reclining seats, equipped with the latest safety and navigational implement, powered by 2 x 2250 HP Mitsubishi Marine Engines, has a cruising speed of 30 knots, a canteen to cater to passenger’s snack, well-trained complement to attend to the passenger’s needs. The Inaugural voyage of this craft was on September 21, 1997. the anniversary of Martial Law, from Zamboanga City to Jolo, Sulu . Later on the regular airplane flight to Jolo, Sulu was cancelled that aside from the higher fare it is cheaper to take the M/V “WEESAM EXPRESS” and the travel time is only three (3) hours.
Next to be acquired was the M/V “WEESAM EXPRESS II”, the EX-PINTAS SAMUDRA II in June 1998. Undersigned led the team that took delivery of this vessel at Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. This vessel as procured from the Sri Johore Bahru for the Zamboanga City-Lamitan, Basilan Province and vice-versa route. It has a fully enclosed air-conditioned atmosphere, with 165 comfortable seats, equipped with the latest safety and navigational implements, well-trained officers/crew to attend to the passengers, a canteen for passenger snacks, it is powered by 2 x 1100 HP Yanmar Marine Engines and can cruise the one-way trip to Lamitan, Basilan .Province in thirty minutes flat. Later the Ipil Zamboanga del Sur was added to the trip. However, because there was no way to expand or increase the passenger capacity this particular vessel was returned to the shipyard in June 2002 for trips at Nunukan, Indonesia and Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.
As expansion became the trend, the MV “WEESAM EXPRESSS 3” was acquired in March 1999 with undersigned leading the team who took delivery of the vessel. This vessel plied the Zamboanga City-Pagadian City route. This vessel has a fully enclosed air-conditioned atmosphere, with 168 comfortable/reclining seats, powered by 2 x 1500 HP Caterpillar DITA 3512 Marine Engines, has a cruising speed of 30 knots, with complete or latest safety and navigational implements, well-trained complements to attend to the needs of the riding public, a canteen to cater to the snacks of the passengers. Later on Subanipa, Zamboanga del Sur was included as the pass-by or middle passage of the trip.
By December 1999, the M/V “WEESAM EXPRESS” was acquired to augment the fleet. Again undersigned led the team who took delivery of the vessel from Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. This vessel has a fully enclosed air-conditioned atmosphere, has 288 comfortable reclining seats, equipped with the latest safety and navigational implements, well-trained complement to serve the needs of the passengers, a canteen to cater to the snacks of passengers, powered by 2 x 2400 HP Caterpillar DITA 3516 Marine Engines, has a cruising speed of 30 knots and deployed at the Zamboanga City-Bongao, TawiTawi and vice-versa route. Later this vessel was serving the BIMP-EAGA route or particularly Zamboanga City-Bongao, Tawi-Tawi- Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia and vice versa route. This ship is now an ISPS (International Ship and Port facility Security) compliance to engage in trade at Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia or any international port of entry.
In the Philippines, there are lots of ports that have numerous traffic or passengers frequencies. Take for example the Batangas City to Calapan Mindoro which is in demand for more ships to ferry passengers daily. The Manila to Cavite which is a coastal area will help alleviate traffic or even the Pasig river in Metro Manila. To deploy fast ferries in this Pasig river, from Binangonan going down river to the metropolis will also decongest traffic thereat. With our model of passenger ferries, that is enclosed overall, no bad odor or foul smelling stench coming from outside the river will penetrate, hence, it wilt freshen up the clients with the fully air-conditioned atmosphere and assure more patronage.
In the Visayan waters there are still areas where we can deploy our passenger ferries, such as the Cebu City to Ormoc, Leyte and vice-versa route, Cebu City to Dumaguete City up to Dapitan City in northern Mindanao and vice-versa route. This area has been served before by fast passenger ferries, but to unknown reasons, most operators abandon them.
Next to be taken for delivery will be the M/V “WEESAM EXPRESS 7” another top aluminum hull that is nearing construction completion at the Yong Choo Kui Shipyard, Sdn. Bhd. The schedule is sometime this 2006, hence all paper works are in progress or ready for action anytime. This passenger ferry is the latest model with about 300 reclining/comfortable seats, fully enclosed air-conditioned atmosphere, with the latest safety and navigational aids, whose engines are still to be procured or maybe the latest Cummins Marine Engines of 16 cylinders and can be propelled at more than 30 knots. This vessel is a new Malaysian fast craft model, innovative and brand new to augment the fleet.