Starlite History

Get to know the history behind Starlite Ferries.

Humble Beginnings

Starlite started its operations 22 years ago, with its first vessel “M/V Starlite Ferry”. Starlite Ferry, Inc. began at the time when trade and commerce in Mindoro started to flourish. M/V Starlite Ferry served Calapan to Batangas route which then had daily average passenger traffic of 10,000 people and an average vehicle count of 1500 to 2000 units. There was an increasing demand for sea transportation of the people of Mindoro and Starlite was the first to respond to this challenge.

Accredited, Compliant, Quality Sea Transport Service

From this humble beginning, and despite availability of other marine transportation in the area, today Starlite is the main choice of the customers because of its customer-focused, safe and comfortable, and environmentally-responsible marine transport service.

Starlite also prides itself as a company accredited by the International Maritime Organization, compliant with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code since 2001. The ISM Code provides the international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. Hence, Starlite provides quality sea transport service and is fully committed to health, safety and welfare of its customers and employees and the conscientious protection of the environment.


With the acquisition of Starlite Ferries, Inc. (Starlite), Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) is on track to become the leading mover of vital goods, cargo and passengers in the Philippines.

In November 2017, CLC acquired Starlite which has a 14-member fleet. 5 of which are roll-on/roll-off vessels acquired brand new in 2016 and 2017.

Vessel Modernization Program

And in fulfilment of its promise of high-level customer satisfaction, Starlite implemented its vessel modernization program by adding brand-new vessels to its fleet. In 2015, Starlite acquired its first brand-new vessel which was built on the same year, the M/V Pioneer. In 2016, three (3) more brand-new vessels were acquired – the M/V Reliance, M/V Eagle, and M/V Saturn, all of which were built in 2016. In 2017, the latest brand-new vessel of Starlite was acquired – the M/V Archer with 2017 built on the year of acquisition.The Starlite vessels reinforce CLC’s feet and add to the services and areas of operation of the Chelsea Group. Aside from the 14-vessel fleet of Starlite, CLC has 11 tankers, 9 tugboats, and 4 barges, while its subsidiary Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Incorporated has 7 roll-on/roll-off vessels with passenger accommodation (RoPax), and 4 cargo ships.


At present, Starlite services the ports of Batangas, Calapan, Puerto Galera, Odiongan, Roxas, and Caticlan. Now that Starlite is already part of CLC, we can only expect Starlite to have more improvements in its system, more vessels, and additional routes, all for the satisfaction of marine transportation needs of the Filipino people.

Batangas to Calapan

Calapan to Batangas

Batangas to Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera to Batangas

Roxas to Caticlan

Caticlan to Roxas

Roxas to Odiongan

Odiongan to Roxas

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