The commercial center of the Province of Capiz, and is widely known as the seafood capital of the Philippines. Pan-ay as it was previously called was once the municipality, but was later named Roxas City (after their greatest son Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Republic of the Philippines), a bustling city and the capital of the province of Capiz..
Roxas City is located in central east coast of Panay Island. It is bounded by the Jintotolo Channel in the north, the town of Panitan to the south, the town of Ivisan to the west, and the Municipality of Panay to the east. It is 250 nautical miles south east of Manila, and 125 kilometers northeast of Iloilo City. (1)
PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Culasi
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi the first Governor-General of the Philippines instructed Capitan Diego de Artieda to establish a footing in the town of Pan-ay in 1569; upon discovering Capiz with long coastal cover and good docking facilities for trading and shipping, a pier was constructed in Libas, and later in Culasi. (2)
In 1926, Culasi Port was built to serve as trans-shipment point for inter-island vessel that carries vital products for the people living in Capiz, and its neighboring town as well. Libas Fishing Port on the other hand, provides anchorage to fishing vessel; and serves as center for trade of marine products in the province. (3)
Then President Joseph Estrada issued Executive Order nos. 121 on 17th of July 1999 announcing Culasi Port to be placed under the administrative jurisdiction of Philippine Ports Authority. This port is currently operated by Culasi Port Services Inc. with eight years contract to take care of cargo handling and stevedoring requirement for the said port.(4)
Trans-Asia Shipping started a once a week trip from Cebu City to Culasi vice versa on November 26,2003; utilizing the then former M/V Asia Brunei now named M/V Grand Unity (plying Caticlan, Aklan to Roxas, Mindoro v.v). The said route was made possible by Chinese businessman in the city, to capitalized the product offered by both province. But unfortunately the said shipping services lived short as roro interconnection between the Island of Panay, Mindoro, and Batangas via Western Nautical Highway were introduced by the administration of President Arroyo on that same year. (5)
In 2008, the Port of Culasi was heavily damaged by super typhoon “FRANK” (6). A 15.2 million repair project were undertaken to restore the damaged structure. This project includes widening of the breakwater structure from 2.8 meters to 8.5 meters x 69 meters. The said port project was finished on August of 2011. (6)
Not to be confused with the Municipality of Culasi, in Antique Province (the home of Lipata port), and Port of Culasi (serves as the entry/exit point to Victorias, Negros Occidental) in Brgy. Culasi, in the Municipality of Ajuy in the Province of Iloilo. Culasi Port in Roxas City is adjacent to the port of Dumaguit in New Washington, Aklan and the Port of Basiao in Ivisan, Capiz (a mere 17.450 kms away).
Barangay Culasi is a 20 minute ride to Roxas City with public utility vehicle, whereas bus terminal to Iloilo and Kalibo is about six kilometers more or less from here. Iloilo City is approximately 125 kms. away and about 158 pesos bus fare on a smooth road down south. North Harbor on the other hand is 250 nautical miles north, 19 hours ship travel for about 999 pesos minimum fare per person via M/V Love-1 of Moreta Shipping Lines. On the other hand Batangas Port is approximately 12 to 15 hours away (750 pesos fare per passenger) via Asia Marine’s Super Shuttle Roro 1.
Please do note that the said above vessel’s plan of maiden voyage on 15th of April 2012 from Batangas to Roxas via Romblon was temporarily suspended due to operational requirements yet to be accomplished by their company. But as soon as the vessel starts its operation, the scheduled voyage is reported to be at least three times a week sailing to and from Batangas. Estimated fare for trucks is 15,000 pesos, while L-300 (12 seater) van cost at around 6,000 pesos. The said vessel can accommodate 25 trucks simultaneously, with 400 pax on-board.
Also a motorized outrigger for pax and cargo also serve this Port to Kanalon in San Fernando or Cajidiocan both in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.
HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION
Port Location: Brgy. Culasi Roxas City, Province of Capiz
Port Name: TMO Culasi
Port Management: PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO-Iloilo
Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines
Phone: (033) 337-69-45
Fax: (033) 337-69-45
Web Site: www.ppa.com.ph
Latitude: 11° 36′ 10” N
Longitude: 122° 42′ 36″ E
Port Type: Pier, Jetty or Wharf
Port Size: Small
Total Area: 502,469.95 sq. meters
Shipping, Cargo, and Passenger statistics for 2002
Ave. Gross Tonnage………………680.14
Note: For updated statistics for this port, please visit http://www.ppa.com
Shipping schedule from/to Roxas: You may check 2go Travel for up to date schedule between Batangas Port to Port of Culasi v.v.