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Royal Dragon Ocean Transport, Inc. - a New Player in Philippine Shipping Industry

Updated on February 8, 2013

ROYAL DRAGON unleashes its 10 LCT vessels plus 2 tanker vessels

Taking part into the local maritime industry, The Royal Dragon Ocean Transport, Inc., started planning its maiden venture on the shipping world with an initial launching of new-building ships being assembled at Ningbo, China. It is composed of 10 LCT (Landing Craft Transporter) vessels plus 2 tanker vessels.

As early as September last year (2011), this sister company of BJ Mercantile, Inc.(located @ Balintawak, Quezon City, just near LRT terminal), under the ownership and management of Gucheco and Lim, bravely announced to target as the top local shipping for the next five to ten years.

The think-tank personnel, which is composed of equally young, talented and dedicated seafarers themselves provided the sweat and blood as they formulated the company policies,procedures of operation and the hiring of equally interested seafarers from its host manning agency, the veteran NAESS Shipping Phils.@ M. Leon Guinto, Malate, Metro Manila.

A newbie in the shipping intricacies, with a lot of opportunities being sighted, the potential of local shipping became the main agenda of ROYAL DRAGON.

In fact, the setback of pulling out their first 8 vessels from its first shipyard in China just to expedite its construction, then moved to the second shipyard to meet the target of the company was the first move in order to provide inspiration to the newly hired and veteran sailors who wanted a change in atmosphere as they are going to try the local waters amid the backlash in their salaries when compared to the international scene.

Other shipping companies acquired second-hand vessels, but this company braved the crest and troughs of the waves in Philippine Maritime industry as they successfully first laid their initial triumph.

And now, the much-delayed flight of the seafarers to be assigned on the first 4 LCT vessels (being postponed since February, 2012) will see what's inside of those finished ships from the Ningbo shipyard.

Sailing under the Sierra Leone flag, because of so-much red tape or delayed transactions due to bribes at POEA, a five to six day voyage from Shanghai, China to La Union, Philippines will test the first batch of seafarers if they can be trusted to act as vanguards on the seaworthiness of the said vessels.

Implementing at least the minimum standard of International Maritime organization (IMO), the company with its head office at Barangay Udiao, Rosario, La Union, pledges its commitment to the international laws on the observance of safety regulations.

Once the conduction teams who will go on board those initial 4 LCT vessels and transported it safely to the Philippine waters and completed all the requirements and paperwork needed for local sailing and conduct business to its charterers, this will be the start of successful operations the company wants to attain as those vessels load and transport cargoes in the archipelago's waters.

ROYAL DRAGON Ocean Transport, Inc., a new player in Philippine Shipping Industry c/o Ireno Alcala


What this sailor had just narrated above were in fact the news, words and messages from the Royal Dragon's management team.

Headed by the the General Manager Edward Gocheco, he said that the company is still a 'bagito' in the shipping industry but is looking forward to become number one on the next five to ten years, from interisland, far east and perhaps worldwide.

Mr Gocheco, who's already 17 years in the company is optimistic as he reiterated that "We should all help to look out for each other. As part of the management, we want our people to grow with us".

He highlighted what the other staff explained to the sailor and fellow seafarers the vision of this new player in the shipping field.

As Captain Hanziel Rosete, 32 years old (Operations Manager and DPA -Designated Person Ashore) and fellow master Christian Belleza (Superintendent) attested if all the trusted and hired seafarers of the company will always follow safety on board, Royal Dragon will truly emerge as one of the top players in the Philippine maritime industry on the coming years.

What the Meiling 7 officers and crew learned about the company inspired them to try local sailing.

"There's no difference between domestic and international vessel. we still need to follow safety, not for the company but for the crew in order to avoid disasters in the seafaring company," as Captain Rosete said.

For the conduction and operation of the vessel, the attending crew were briefed on the following aspects"

Company Policies and Procedures

  1. Quality Policy Statement
  2. Safety and Environment Protection Policy
  3. Drugs and Alcohol Policy
  4. On Board Discipline
  5. Dealing with Misconduct and Under Performance
  6. Serious Misconduct
  7. SMS Pointers (include Deck Operations, Checklist, Emergency Preparedness, Fleet Operations Manual)
  8. Technical Support
  9. Accounting for Salaries
  10. Documentation

An example of LCT vessel (Photo Credit:
An example of LCT vessel (Photo Credit:

What's in store on the operations of LCT vessel?

Royal Transport's LCT vessels are chartered to transport and unload Nickel ore as its official cargo in the Philippine waters.

Once it is successfully tested on China waters back in Ningbo, China and passed inspection by both the owners and other stakeholders as performed by officers and crew, then it will travel for about a week until it anchored first at La Union anchorage.

The change of flag, from Sierra Leone's to Philippines will follow and the inspection of pertinent ship's documents.

Factors to be considered during maiden voyage are:

  • Guarantee Claims/Repairs/recommendation
  • Daily Consumption Report on bunkering, lube oil and freshwater
  • Characteristics of Vessel on how to steer
  • Defect/Damage Report Form

Meanwhile, MARINA (Maritime Industry and Authority) requires Chief mate and 2nd engineer to act one rank higher when sailing inter island.

Still all the documents -certificates, permits and license- are not yet in itself considered as safety standard. it should and will always be rectified as the Flag administrator (FA-MARINA) instructed to do so.

One LCT vessel usually sail from 5.6 knots up to 10 knots/nautical mile or the weather condition will deviate its regular course.

As this sailor hopes to travel the country, his courage will be tested on the rough waters of Surigao and Agusan in Mindanao as its vessel will load its cargo there.

Aside from it, cape-size vessels will perform ship-to-ship transfer to all LCT vessels of the company.

And this sailor had to market every Friday and get a boat ride from the charterer's service boat and be back to the ship the next Monday.

Isn't it nice to be a sailor?

Why won't you be like me?


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      thesailor 23 months ago from Seven Seas

      @Mario Martinez: Good day , Sir! There's this website where you can contact one of the agents/staff of RDOTI. Just refer with the phone number and e-mail address, as stated on my previous comment. Thank you.

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      thesailor 23 months ago from Seven Seas

      @jose anthony: Here's the address of the shipping company:


      McArthur Highway, Brgy. Udiao

      Rosario, La Union, Philppines


      1132 EDSA, Balintawak, Quezon

      Quezon City, Philippines 1106

      Phone: +63-2-3610088

      Fax: +63-2-3617956


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      Mario Martinez 23 months ago

      gud day

      is there an opening for the Technical Superintendent, I am interested to apply just after my contract finished this April 2016,I am a retired chief marine engineer by profession,willing to attend interview if necessary

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      jose anthony 2 years ago

      hi asking if anyone knows the address of there office in cebu city phillipines because im applying for deck cadet

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      2 years ago

      royal dragon is a liar company

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      kapitan 2 years ago

      walang kwenta!

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      Taranwanderer 3 years ago

      Awesome information on this particular cruise ship - but needs more images! Of your beautiful travels!

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      2ND Officer R.M. Bandolon 3 years ago

      I am willing to be one of the regular crew in one of the vessel operated by RDOT someday.

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      bayani 3 years ago

      saan ang address po ninyo

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      tradeship 3 years ago

      This is Tradeship Enterprises. Please visit for company full style.

      Kindly email person in-charge and contact no. for chartering the LCT. please email me at

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      Rfm/cbm 3 years ago

      yeah! its great to be part of Royal Dragon Shipping since, it is among the hundred of domestic-route vessel which I admired and someday it will be on top in a local shipping industry.I salute you!...Ma'm L.F....thanks

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      thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you for appreciating this hub. And I'm glad to tell you that all my articles here were published as an eBook by (although there were some glitches on it). Still, I am hoping that those facts will be a good source of reference among future maritime students here in my country or even to other seafaring nations. :)

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      Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      As it happens, I am doing some work on the ASEAN nation and your blog has been very useful. I am trying to work out how a landlocked country like Laos is still able to trade internationally. This vessel in the Philippines is a prime example of how the ASEAN region is helping members. Great job.

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      thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

      This hubber already deleted Spam contents that caused for this article to suffer from being unpublished.

      To those who commented using English language, I will greatly appreciate your effort for using it.

      Negative comments from MarineHacker079 have been already hidden and deleted forever.

      Although I can see it for review (as allowed by HubPages), future comments who didn't meet the standard of this writing site will be deleted by this hubber.

      (For your information)

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      thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

      To all who are making comments (whether good, bad and other queries):

      @Marine Hacker: Please refrain from using cuss words. It will boomerang on you. If you have unsettled problems with Capt Rosete, then email him. Talk to him personally. Don't use this thread or hub for your own grudge.

      It's about the mission and vision of Royal Dragon, not about personal bickering.

      Please stop your personal tirade with him.

      @jproldan: Good thing you found this article. Don't you worry. If someone is using your name (a poser he is), there will always be an end to his notorious plan.

      Note: I have positive outlook regarding this article. Let us help build a harmonious relationship between the owner, managers and workers of this shipping company. We are all stakeholders of Royal Dragon and I believe that we'll meet halfway to produce a positive outcome.

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      jproldan 4 years ago

      I will wait for quick response author! Royal dragon will be on top next five to ten years in the local sailing and I'm proud to tell you that! To those jerks !please stop using other names for posting pathetic and nonsense comments as it may destroy someone's dignity!!!

      D/c Jeffrey Roldan!thanks!

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      jproldan 4 years ago

      Hey!!can u please remove that comment using my name jeffreyroldan!it's a lie and a poser! I never been against rdoti! Im a cadet there! I proud of my company!it imposes high discipline as well taking good care of crews! Pls make ur blog private!as it may use for evil purposes like stealing someone's identity a blogger pls be responsible for filtering posers!! I'm the real Jeffrey Roldan and I don't know nothing about that comment destroying our companys vision!that was four months ago I'm thankful I was able to see that!

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      hey 4 years ago

      how can we contact royal dragon for shipping transactions?

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      I need 4 X 3500DTW operating Dinapigue, Isabela Ph. Please pm me.

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      Harana Juliet Z. de Guzman 4 years ago

      I believe that Royal Dragon Ocean Transport Inc. has started to meet its target to be top local shipping in the next 5 to 10 years because they were blessed to hire Chief Engineer Constante Serrano who is God fearing, hardworking, very disciplined, very punctual, well organized, a person good in managing time , enthusiastic, full of energy, elephant mind and most of all handsome. Congratulations for hiring the cream of the crop.

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      CEO 5 years ago

      as soon as POSSIBLE

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      2nd officer 5 years ago

      kailan alis ng mga barko po ninyo

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      I already wrote a reply on your email add, Jose Enrico. I hope it's not too late.

      Thank you (Salamat!) , kabayan.:)

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you for the nice insight, Stevenkidman. Shipping industry in the Philippines is making a big shift courtesy of Royal Dragon.

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      Stevenkidman 5 years ago

      Royal Dragon Ocean Transport, Inc. is ready to make new a history after build a newbie with 10 LCT (Light Cargo Transport) vessels plus 2 tanker vessels. Thanks for your hub from

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you for your commitment to share this information, Lastheart. I hope others will do so. :)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very good hub! Voted up and more and I will share it.

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you for commending the new shipping company. It helps. :)

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Such a nice tribute and welcome to a new player in Philippine shipping industry.