Sulpicio Lines Inc. (SLI) has sold two of its passenger vessels to another Cebu-based shipping company.
Joy Roble, vice president for operations of Roble Shipping Lines, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that their company bought passenger vessels MV Cebu Princess and MV Cagayan Princess from the SLI for P33 million on Wednesday last week.
However, the SLI did not issue an official statement about the sale.
Even the crewmembers of the two vessels were kept in the dark and learned about the sale only when the vessels were turned over to Roble Shipping on Saturday and Sunday.
"We were not informed. We only knew about it when the officials of Roble Shipping Lines went inside the vessel last Saturday," said Cagayan Princess linen man Genaro Tasan, president of the rank and file employees union of SLI.
Tasan also said that they learned that a third vessel, Palawan Princess, was also sold to another buyer but he could not remember the buyer’s name.
SLI officials refused to be interviewed. Two top officials of the company, Ryan and Grant Go, instead said their lawyers would be the ones to answer any question.