SIQUIJOR ISLAND RORO & FERRY GUIDE


Port of Siquijor

RoRo/Ferry schedules and fares posted below are sourced from the ticketing booth found in the Port’s of Larena and Siquijor town, both of which are located in the island of Siquijor. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operators, cargo rates, terminal fees and policies can be found at their respective websites or at Batangas Port Terminal Office itself.

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated.

Images shown here belongs to the owner/author and are protected by COPYRIGHTS. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing PLEASE!

SIQUIJOR TO DUMAGUETE

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Departs Daily at 10 AM, 2 PM, & 4:30 PM

Fare per Pax: 170  Pesos

SUV & Sedan: Php 1,430

GL Shipping Line

Departs daily (except Saturday) every 5:30 AM, 6 AM, 8 AM, 9:00 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, and 4 PM.

Fare per Pax: 175 Pesos

Mountain Bike: 50 Pesos

Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyrights: mcgutib

Departs daily at 6 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, & 6 PM

Fare per Pax- 100 Pesos (Regular)/120 Pesos (AC)

SUV- Php 1,300

Mountain bike-100 Pesos

Ocean Fast Ferries Inc. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at  8:30 AM & 5:10 PM

Fares per Pax ( Economy) Php 235

Port of Larena. Copyright: mcgutib

LARENA TO LILOAN, CEBU

LCT Tampi Twin 1

Departs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM.

Departs every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday at 5 PM

Fare per Pax: 200 Pesos

LARENA TO PLARIDEL, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

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Departs every Tuesday,  Thursday & Sunday at 2 AM

Fare per Pax: 350 Pesos (economy),

1,680 Pesos ( for two Pax Suite accommodation)

LARENA TO CEBU VIA TAGBILARAN CITY

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Departs every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday at 7PM

Fare per Pax: 225 Pesos economy (Tagbilaran) & 350 Pesos economy (Cebu City)

LARENA TO DUMAGUETE

Departs Daily at 6 AM & 2 PM

Fare per Pax: 170 Pesos

SUV: 1,450 Pesos

LARENA TO CEBU VIA DUMAGUETE

Departs daily every 6 AM & 2:50 PM

Fare per Pax: 235 Pesos

To view Dumaguete schedules, click here.

To view Cebu schedules, click here.

CORON-EL NIDO-CUYO-PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN RORO/FERRY & BANCA GUIDE


These Ro-Ro, Ferry, Banca schedules, and fares posted below are sourced from the ticketing booth found in the Ports of Puerto Princesa, Coron, El Nido and Cuyo Island. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operators, cargo rates, terminal fees and policies can be found at their respective websites or at the ports mentioned. 

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the shipping companies mentioned below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses full warranty on information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  IN THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

Images shown here are property of the owner/author and protected by COPYRIGHTS. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing please.

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A panoramic  view of Coron Port  with approaching ferry; Coron Island, on the other hand, is on its background. Copyright: mcgutib

IN/OUT OF CORON TOWN, BUSUANGA ISLAND

Coron to/from Manila
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M/V St. Augustine of Hippo docked here at Port of Coron. Copyrights: mcgutib

2GO Shipping Lines

From Manila (Pier4): Every Tuesday & Friday at 1:30 PM

To Manila: Every Thursday & Sunday at 4:30 PM

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M/V April Rose anchored here in Coron Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Atienza Shipping Lines

From Manila: Wednesday/4PM (M/V April Rose) and Saturday/4PM (M/V May Lillies)

To Manila:  Saturday/4 PM (M/V April Rose) and Wednesday/6 PM  (M/V May Lillies)

Docking facility location in Manila: Along Pasig river, near BASECO compound and Del Pan Bridge opposite Manila International Container Port and Muelle de la Industria.

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 MV The Asian’ Journey. Copyright: mcgutib

J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines

From Manila : Monday at 5 PM

To Manila: Friday 5 PM

Docking facility location in Manila: Along Pasig River, near BASECO Compound and Del Pan Bridge opposite Manila International Container Port and Muelle de la Industria.

Coron to El Nido

A Montenegro Shipping Lines fastcraft docked here in Coron Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Montenegro Shipping Lines: Daily departure at 12 NN. Fare per Pax is at  Php 1750 ($35 USD).

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M/Bca Jessabel 2 docked here in El Nido Port. Copyright: mcgutib

M/Bca Jessabel 2: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 AM. Fares at Php 1400/Pax (lunch pack included).

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Bunso Transport’s line-up of outrigger boats that ferries passenger in/out of Coron. Copyright: mcgutib

M/Bca Bunso Transport: Monday to Sunday at 8:30 AM. Fare is at Php 1,400/Pax (lunch pack included).

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Atienza Shipping Lines vessel M/V April Rose. Copyright: mcgutib

Atienza Shipping Lines: Monday at 7:00 AM (M/V May Lillies or M/V Aster Jules).  Fare/Pax is at Php 1000-Regular and Php 1150 for Air-condition accommodation.

Coron to Puerto Princesa city
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M/V St. Augustine of Hippo. Copyright: mcgutib

2GO Shipping Lines: Every Wednesday & Saturday at 6 AM

Coron to Cuyo Island
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M/V D’ Asian Journey. Copyright: mcgutib

J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines: Every Tuesday at 5 PM

Coron to San Jose Occidental Mindoro

M/Bca 2B docked here at Coron Port. Copyright: mcgutib

M/Bca Bunso Transport

From Coron: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8 AM.

From San Jose Occidental, Mindoro: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM.

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A magnificent view of El Nido. Copyright: mcgutib

EL NIDO TO CORON

The fastcraft M/V City of Iloilo of Montenegro Shipping Lines docked here at El Nido Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Montenegro Shipping Lines: Daily at 6 AM

Fare per Pax: Php 1750 ($35 USD)

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M/Bca BUNSO 1B is one among many giant outrigger boat of its fleet under Bunso Transport that plies between Coron and El Nido, Palawan. Copyright: mcgutib

M/Bca Bunso Transport: Monday to Sunday at 8:30 AM. Fare is at Php 1,400 (lunch included).

M/Bca Jessabel 2: Departs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:30 AM. Fares is at Php 1400/Pax (free pack meals).

Atienza Shipping Lines (M/V May Lillies or Aster Jules): Every Wednesday at 8 AM

Fare per Pax: Php 1000-Regular and Php 1150 for Air-condition accommodation.

Please click on the link to view a foreigner’s review on this boat and its route- Atienza Shipping

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Port of Cuyo. Copyright: mcgutib

CUYO ISLAND

CUYO ISLAND TO MANILA VIA CORON 
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M/V D’ Asian Journey dock here at Cuyo Port. Copyright: mcgutib

J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines: Thursday at 10 PM. Fare/Pax is at Php 1,700.

Cuyo Island to Puerto Princesa

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Milagrosa J- Shipping: Every Tuesday & Saturday at 3 PM. Fare/Pax is at Php 725.

Montenegro Shipping: Saturday at 8 PM. Fare is at Php 968/Pax (Regular).

CUYO ISLAND TO ILOILO

Docked here in Lapusz wharf Iloilo on our way to upnorth.

Montenegro Shipping: Tuesday at 12 NN.  Fare is at Php 710/Pax.

M/V Milagrosa J-Tres docked here in La Puz wharf Iloilo. Copyright: mcgutib

Milagrosa J- Shipping: Departs every Tuesday & Friday. Fare per Pax is at 475 Pesos.

CUYO ISLAND TO ROXAS, PALAWAN

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M/L Jennifer Lyn & M/L Luz docked here in Cuyo Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedules varies but these boats does regularly plies between Cuyo and Roxas. Fare/Pax is at Php 700.

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Main entrance gate of Puerto Princesa Port. Copyright: mcgutib

IN/OUT OF PUERTO PRINCESA

Puerto Princesa to Iloilo via Cuyo
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M/V Maria Isabel docked here in Puerto Princesa Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Montenegro Shipping Lines: Monday at 6 PM. Fares at Php  968/Pax (For Cuyo) and Php 1,220/Pax (For Iloilo).

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M/V Milagrosa J-Tres docked here in Puerto Princesa Port. Copyright: mcgutib

Milagrosa J-Shipping Lines: Every Thursday and Sunday at 3 PM

Click your mouse here to view for some good reads about Cuyo.

Puerto Princesa to Manila via Coron

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2GO Shipping Lines:  Wednesday & Saturday at 12 AM

MASBATE CITY RORO & FERRY GUIDE


 

Port of Masbate

Port of Masbate

These ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found in Masbate City particularly at the many ticketing booth found in Zurbito Street (and/or near the entrance of the Port itself). The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policyOther pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites, Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here, nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies unless otherwise stated.

Images shown here are property of the owner/author and protected by copyrights. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing please.

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MV King Frederick at Port of Masbate

MASBATE CITY TO PIO DURAN, ALBAY 

Masbate (ETD)

Pio Duran, Albay (ETD) Vessel Name

Fare per Pax

Daily at 2 PM

5 AM & 4 PM Daily M/V King Frederick

Php 250 Aircon

Daily a t 11 AM

M/V Nathan Matthew

Php 200 non-Aircon

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MASBATE CITY TO CEBU

Masbate (ETD)

CEBU (ETD) VESSEL’s  NAME

FARE PER PAX

No Schedule

No Schedule

Trans-Asia Shipping

Saturday at 7 PM

Friday at 7 PM Cokaliong Shipping

Php 750 Economy

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MASBATE CITY TO PILAR, SORSOGON

Masbate City (ETD)

PILAR, SORSOGON (ETD)

FARES per Pax

5 AM 5- 6 AM

Php 288 Economy

8:30 AM

8 AM

12 NN

12 NN

Php 396 Air-con

2:30

4 PM

 Note: RO-RO & Ferry services made possible by Montenegro Shipping and small motorized banca owners.

Super Shuttle RORO 3

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TO AND FROM BATANGAS-CEBU-CDO

Masbate City to Batangas City– Every Monday at 11 AM

Fare per Person at 655 Pesos (Economy)

Four-wheel vehicle fare: 7,280 Pesos (one way)

Six-wheel vehicle fare: 12,500 Pesos

Masbate City to Cebu City– Every Wednesday at 12 NN

Fare: Php 655/Adult Person (Economy)

Four-wheel vehicle fare: 6,000 Pesos (one way)

Six-wheeler vehicle fare: 12,500 (one way)

Cagayan de Oro– Php 1,200 per person (Economy)

Contact Masbate Branch Office at Tel. nos. (056) 582 1294

 

ILOILO RORO & FERRY GUIDE


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Port of Iloilo, Iloilo City. Copyright: mcgutib

 These ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found in Iloilo City/or Bacolod City, particularly at the many ticketing booth found in the city’s major street and in the Iloilo Port’s Passenger Terminal’s ticketing booth itself.  The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policyOther pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites, Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the shipping companies mentioned below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated.

Images shown here are property of the owner/author and protected by copyrights. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing please.

I.  Ilo-ilo Fastcraft Terminal to BREDCO Port v.v

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Weesam Express 3 heading to Iloilo City. Copyright: mcgutib

WEESAM EXPRESS

Bacolod to Iloilo

Estimated Time of Departure

Iloilo to Bacolod

Estimated Time of Departure

Fare per Pax

 

   

6:30 AM

6:30 AM

Ticket Sale at 200 Pesos

8:10 AM

8:10 AM

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9:50 AM

9:50 AM

Regular Fare at 230 Php

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

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1:10 PM

1:10 PM

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2:50 PM

2:50 PM

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4:45 PM

4:45 PM

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St. Emmanuel at Iloilo Fastcraft Terminal. Copyright: mcgutib

2GO’s  SUPERCAT

Bacolod to Iloilo

Estimated Time of Departure

Iloilo to Bacolod

Estimated Time of Departure

Fare per Pax

6 AM

7:30 AM

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9 AM

10:30 AM

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Regular Fare 380 Pesos

12:40 Noon

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3:40 PM

5:10 PM

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OceanJet 9 at BREDCO Port. Copyright: mcgutib

OCEANJET

Bacolod to Iloilo

Estimated Time of Departure

Iloilo to Bacolod

Estimated Time of Departure

Fare per Pax

6:05 AM (First Trip)

6;05 AM (First Trip)

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7:35 AM

7:35 AM

9:05 AM

9:05 AM

 —

10:35 AM

10:35 AM

Regular Fare (Economy) 230 Pesos

12:30 PM

12:30 PM

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2:15 PM

2:15 PM

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3:45 PM

3:45 PM

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5:15 PM (Last Trip)

5:15 PM (Last Trip)

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Two FastCat vessel plying the Iloilo and Bacolod route. Copyright: mcgutib

FASTCAT

Iloilo to Banago Port, Bacolod 

Estimated Time of Departure

Banago Port, Bacolod to Iloilo

Estimated Time of Departure

Fare Per Pax

     

8 AM

5 AM

Php 200

2 PM

11 AM

Economy

8 PM

5 PM

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Note: Published fare rates does not include ILOILO FASTCRAFT TERMINAL/BREDCO Terminal fees. 

II.  Iloilo to Cuyo Island/ Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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M/V Milagrosa J-Tres vessel dock in a wharf along Iloilo river. Copyright: mcgutib

MILAGROSA SHIPPING LINES

Departs every Monday & Thursday at 7 PM (ETD).    Fares starts at  Php 475/pax (Cuyo) and Php 950/pax (Puerto Princesa), both of which are in Economy Accommodation.

Docked here in Lapusz wharf Iloilo on our way to upnorth.

Docked here in Lapuz wharf Iloilo City

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Every Saturday at 8 am (ETD). This ship goes to Cuyo Island and then Puerto Princesa both in Palawan. Fares is at Php 1220 (regular) and Php 1590 (Mabuhay) per pax.

To view the entire schedule for this route, please click on the link: Iloilo-Cuyo-Puerto Princesa Ferry Guide

III.  Iloilo City to Cebu City

Trans Asia vessel dock here at Port of Iloilo. Copyright: mcgutib

TRANS-ASIA SHIPPING LINES

Departs every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 6 PM (ETD). Fare cost  is at 800 Pesos per Pax in economy accommodation.

Cokaliong vessel dock here at Port of Iloilo. Copyright: mcgutib

COKALIONG SHIPPING LINES

Every Wednesday-Friday & Sunday at 7 pm (ETD).  Fare per Pax cost  around 800 Pesos for economy accommodation.

IV. Iloilo City to Manila

M/V St. Michael the Archangel. Copyright: mcgutib

2GO TRAVEL

Departs every Wednesday at 8:30 AM (ETD) & Sunday at 4 AM (ETD).

V. Route: Iloilo City to Cagayan de Oro City

Departs every Saturday at 3 AM (ETD). Please check to 2GO website to see fares and promos.

VI. Route: Iloilo City to Jordan, Guimaras
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M/V Felipe 1 docked at Lapuz wharf. Copyright: mcgutib

Scheduled departure start every 5:30 in the morning (daily), then the next departure would be every 2 hours interval up until 8:30 in the evening. Fares for the following:

  1. Passengers- 25 Pesos per head.
  2. Motorcycle bike- 70 Pesos
  3. SUV- 500 Pesos
VII. Parola Wharf, Iloilo City to Buenavista, Guimaras
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One of the many  passenger motorized banca docked at Parola wharf. Copyright: mcgutib

Operates early in the morning (5:30 AM) – daily service except during weather/sea disturbance found along the vicinity of Iloilo Strait- until early in the evening. Fare per  passenger is 14 Pesos.

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REMINDERS:

Fares does not include Terminal Fees.

ETD means Estimated Time of Departure: Don’t expect too much about being on-time, sometimes they often not follow their scheduled departure.

In the case of motorized banca ferrying passengers in between Iloilo and Guimaras, schedules and operation may ‘halt temporarily’ without further notice to passengers, if, the authorities-manning the port- will declare it unsafe for small craft to sail across the treacherous Iloilo Strait.

Islandhopping 101: Best Guide In and Out of Roxas City


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La Playa de Roxas, People’s Park Brgy. Baybay Roxas City

“I really love this city, It is beautiful and It’s so multidimensional. People say it has a darkness and a decadence, which it tries to hide; they say it’s full of the pretentious and opulent trying to strangle the dark reality. But that’s true for most of the other great cities too. . . .
There is a soul here . . . and that soul is as pure as the heat of the sun that shines down on it and the rain that falls to purify it.”

Umair Naeem, Drowning Shadows

The first time I set my foot here,  first thing comes on my mind is the scent of its air, like a perfume that goes inside my head and send me to a euphoria that brought me back to my good memories of the beautiful Obando in Bulacan. The familiar scent of a fishpond, rivers and muddy sea; it smells fish, crab and oysters- and most of all it smells MONEY. However,  Roxas City is much better version. The city, dubbed as the”Seafoods Capital of the Philippines” looks classy and yet simple on my first impression, and so does my second. It has a well maintained city street  with flourishing businesses on each and every corner, at the other side of the river is the century old structure and a museum which I believe a welcome treat for every first timer here; their “Baybay” or beach front – facing the Sibuyan Sea, known to be a rich fishing ground – it has plenty of reasons to fell in love with, for one is their restaurants (along Baybay) which offers variety of mouth watering seafood; two, is the many places to explore and get a change to grab some photos- almost filling the entire 8Gb of memory of my dslr camera. Pueblo de Panay on the other hand, is quite unique to my eyes because of the vast landscape of greenery with establishments (worthy of a visit) sprouting all over the rolling hills- it made me wish to stay for few more days and maybe, just maybe I might be coming here every now and then. And finally,  the most promising tourist attraction is the majestic shrine of Sacred Heart of Jesus standing over the hilltop comparable to that of the Christ the Redeemer of Brazil which can be seen far off-shore. How about that for Roxas City!

I have been here twice before, the last one was just three weeks ago- exactly five days after New Year’s celebration. Coming here together with a friend was a welcome treat for us. As planned months earlier, we embarked on a 36 hours long Island hopping adventure coming from Dumaguete on our way to Batangas/Manila. Actually, traveling here  was like a mere familiarization to the once Off-the-beaten-path, but for my companion being his first time it was an adventure of a lifetime. Our trip here (as my traveling companion have said “rather unusual because we were traveling on foot at the not so quite familiar road heading to our destination”) was rather not easy as we took every transportation available- slow boat, bus, jeep and tricycle ride; our trip took us on a route from Dumaguete heading to Bacolod City then on Dumangas-Zarraga up to the City of Roxas. And after few hours of strolling and gazing on a landscape of the city within late afternoon we were sailing on a calm sea towards the island of Romblon, Romblon, and then further more to Port of Batangas before heading to Manila. After a two days of rest, I myself, on my homeward bound took the same road again, the Manila to Batangas (2 hours bus) then took a 19 hours boat trip for Roxas City, then another two hours bus ride to Iloilo City before heading to Bacolod via fast craft,  and culminating my trip is a six hour drive down south to Dumaguete City, indeed a  back-breaking and mind boggling travel. So eager to know how to do it? Well, follow this easy tips:

Coming from the Backdoor

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Going to Bacolod via Dumaguete is not really a big problem as big buses of Ceres Tours plies on this route every now and then,  it goes directly to Mabinay then to the City of Kabankalan before heading to the City of Smiles- after several more stop. The trip  last for six hours and cost 270 Pesos for ordinary buses and 359 Pesos for air-con buses.

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If you’re coming from Cebu City just head to Port of Toledo in Toledo City,  from there board a fast craft for San Carlos City in Negros Occidental. Once arrive you have to take a short tricycle ride to the bus terminal going for Bacolod City.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule: Toledo to San Carlos ferry 

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Once in Bacolod City take a public transport vehicle to BREDCO Port and then hop on-board on one of these RO-RO vessel forDumangas Port. Fare charges for each person cost less than a hundred pesos, travel time usually last about two hours.

Click on the link to view Ferry schedule:  Bacolod-Dumangas vv.  RORO Guide (2016 update) 

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Note: You may also board a Fast craft such as this heading to Iloilo City or vice versa. The lowest fare for this fast craft per person usually at 200 Pesos plus terminal fee of 30 Pesos, and travel time last about an hour or more.

Dumangas Port

Upon arrival in Dumangas Port you only need to take a little walk heading to the exit, a barker will approached every passenger and points to the numerous tricycles queuing one after another awaiting for passengers, I took one of these public transport to reach the town of Dumangas. Travel time usually last for about 10-15 minutes and cost about 15 Pesos per head.

Side note: Photo above shows the Fast craft terminal in Iloilo City. Just in case you opted this destination upon arrival to this Port you need to board a Jeep heading to SM Delgado and then from there another Jeep going to Tagbak Terminal. Bus terminal (the newly constructed building along the highway) going to the northern destination such Caticlan or Roxas City is located in Tagbak, Jaro.  Cost for the two Jeepney ride would be at least 30 Pesos per person. If you’re not in the mood for a Jeepney ride then you may opt for a Taxi ride, flag down rates cost about 40 Pesos and if you’re lucky your fare would reach to about 100 Pesos less.

To view latest ferry schedule, please click your mouse on the link: Roro & Ferry Schedules

On the other side of the town away from Iloilo City is the sleepy town of Dumangas – 24 kilometers away from the capital- about a hundred meters away from its town hall is the public transport terminal for passenger Jeepney’s and Vans which usually all in queues to take  passengers. Their service usually last from sun up to sun down. Jeepney route usually goes to Iloilo City via Zarraga and vice versa, whereas Van for hire take the Coastal Road in route to Iloilo City (Baldoza Terminal, La Paz).

Side Note: Back in Iloilo City the biggest bus lines in Panay Island (perhaps in the whole country) that often preferred by almost every tourist and local passengers because of their reliability, convenience and availability even at night. Buses often leaves every hour (from sun-up to sun-down) to Roxas City and vice versa. Travel time takes about three hours (traffic and road repair works means it may take more than that), cost per person depending on bus line or van for hire but usually it never goes beyond 200 Pesos.

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Again if your coming from Dumangas there is no need for you to go to Iloilo City to have a decent bus ride to Caticlan or Roxas City, just ask the Jeepney driver to drop  you at the town of Zarraga (at the National Highway), and from there a handful of bus lines goes to and from Caticlan or Roxas City. Length of travel  usually last for two hours and fare cost per person is about 170 or a little less.

See the video showing the Highway:   Zarraga Iloilo

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The Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral located in the old Pueblo de Capiz (Capitol area), from here it only takes a tricycle ride from a much better public transportation hub in Roxas City ( Buses normally stops here and it will never venture near the city street- I wish Dumaguete can emulate their willingness to make their city organized to lessen the problem on traffic) located in Pueblo de Panay.

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Remember: Traveling here is pretty easy just follow the few road tips above and you’ll be in Roxas City in no time.

From Manila 

Unfortunately there are no passenger ship that connects this two cities, one must travel on a bus (plying LRT-Buendia to Batangas Port) for at least two hours via SLEX. Almost every bus companies serving this route offers air-conditioned with entertainment on-board of course, and fare cost is somewhere between 150- 200 Pesos.

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2GO Travel’s M/V St. Anthony de Padua sails from Batangas to Roxas City via Romblon, Romblon every Tuesday and Friday at 10 PM. Sea travel usually last to 15 hours and fare cost start at 1,100 Pesos for economy accommodation. Trying it myself last three weeks ago, I think the experience I have on-board was over-all pleasant although the food served to economy passenger wasn’t that good at all. I know first class accommodation was way better, but sorry to say I am no fan of first class accommodation and so does majority of sea-going public.

The cheapest fare around at 950 Pesos (Air-conditioned room) per person is via Super Shuttle RoRo 2 which plies three times a week from Batangas and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM coming from Culasi Port. It is highly recommended if your bringing along with you your SUV, pick-up and/or sedan going to Caticlan or down south Iloilo. They do have cheaper charges on each vehicles as compared to the rival. But honestly I won’t recommend it to any tourist as facilities were not acceptable by decent standard such as toilet facilities, I’m disappointed really about such neglect, it was simple necessities that should have been looked at carefully.  Decent dining table coupled with fresh cook foods (if any) must be accorded to paying passengers, if possible. I’m fed up with on-board canteen whose expertise is to serve instant noodle. I think the management should address this simple passenger necessities to  garner better feedback and perhaps win more patron- just my humble opinion.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule:  Batangas RoRo/Ferry schedule 

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Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay – a transportation hub for RORO vessels coming from Port of Roxas in Mindoro Oriental, Odiongan Port in Tablas Island as well as Port of Batangas-  a  jump off to the island of Boracay Island is another alternative point of entry, although the drawback is that of the punishing land trip that is quite stressful. From here it takes only 2 to 3 hours scenic drive to Roxas City via Capiz-Aklan road network, Van for-hire as well as Ceres Tours have a daily trip here; Fares  between Roxas City to Caticlan  cost around 200 Pesos more or less per head.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule:  Caticlan-Mindoro ferry

 Images along  City of Roxas

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That seemingly arms length away island known as Mantalinga, as viewed on my camera. This miniature like island was known as  perfect diving spot for scuba practitioners and a perfect roundabout for sailboat (dilayag) and kayak during contest.

The old Passenger Terminal Building of Culasi Port

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The statue of St. Michael the Archangel, it can be seen on one of the Rotonda in Pueblo de Panay estate.

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The statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus standing tall on the hills over-looking Roxas City, Sibuyan Sea and Jintotolo Channel. This statue is said to have dwarfed the statue of the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

ROMBLON ISLAND FERRY SCHEDULE AND FARE GUIDE


View of Port of Romblon

View of Port of Romblon

These Ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found in Port of Romblon. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding Shipping operator and Port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered from different sources and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages – on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies unless stated.

FROM ROMBLON TO BATANGAS OR MANILA
M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola of 2GO Shipping and Montenegro Shipping's M/V Reina del Rosario seen here at Port of Batangas.

M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola of 2GO Shipping and Montenegro Shipping’s M/V Reina del Rosario seen here at Port of Batangas. COPYRIGHT: mcgutib

2GO TRAVEL’S SCHEDULE

ROUTE

SCHEDULE FARE

VESSEL

Romblon to Batangas Saturday at 10 PM PHP 1,000++ Economy St. Ignasius of Loyola
Wednesday 9PM Php 1,200++Tourist St. Anthony de …
Romblon to Manila Thursday at 6 PM Php 970++ Economy St. Augustine …
Php 1,170++ Tourist

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING’S SCHEDULE

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M/V Reina del Rosario of Montenegro Shipping Lines and M/V St. Augustine of Hippo of 2GO Travel both dock here at Port of Romblon. COPYRIGHT: mcgutib

ROUTE/DESTINATION

SCHEDULE FARE

VESSEL

Romblon to Batangas Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 12 Noon Php 954 Economy M/V Reina del Rosario
M/V Grand Unity

M/V Grand Unity

NAVIOS SHIPPING LINES

ROUTE/DESTINATION

SCHEDULE FARE

VESSEL

Romblon to Batangas

Wednesday & Saturday at 4PM Php 900

M/V Grand Unity

 TABLAS ISLAND – ROMBLON – SIBUYAN ISLAND V.V.
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M/V Maria Querubin heading to Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island coming from Romblon, Romblon

DESTINATION

DEPARTURE ARRIVAL

FARE

From San Agustin,Tablas to Romblon, Romblon Daily at 6 AM 7 AM Php 96 Economy
From Romblon, Romblon to Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island Daily at 7:30AM 9:30 AM Php 228 Economy
From Magdiwang, Sibuyan to Romblon, Romblon Daily at 10:30AM 12:30 PM Php 228 Economy
From Romblon, Romblon to San Agustin, Tablas Daily at 1 PM 2 PM

Php 96 Economy

ODIONGAN, ROMBLON – ROXAS, MINDORO ORIENTAL V.V
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M/B Lady Karissa at Roxas Port, Mindoro. Copyright: mcgutib

From Port of Odiongan, Tablas Island to Roxas Port, Mindoro Oriental

Departs every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM

From Roxas Port, Mindoro Oriental to Port of Odiongan, Tablas Island

Departs every Monday, Thursday & Saturday at 11 AM

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Copyright: mcgutib

Islandhopping 101: Guides and Tips On Your Trip in a Ferry Boat


A fun and inexpensive way to do Island hopping in this country.

“The trail is the thing, not the thrill of the trail. Travel too fast and you’ll miss what you’re travelling for.”

– Louise le’ Amour

Are you one of those people who dream of going on a holiday trip to far away land, but worries over the cost of getting there… at your dream destination? Do you often wonder what was it like cruising on-board a ship? – and feel the gentle summer breeze, while smothering the salty warmth air at sundeck as you anxiously scanning the horizon waiting for the right moment before pressing the shutter button of your camera. I say wonder no more! traveling on a ferry boat is a lot cheaper and more exciting than flying a commercial aircraft. Imagine cruising for an hour to a day or two, then after inspiring evening spending on the loneliness of the turbulent sea you woke up and saw your dream destination slowly coming at you almost within arms length, isn’t it a melo-dramatic like epic of some sort? Whatever.

Island hopping is a trend nowadays for young and not so young generation of adventure seekers who’s not really on a tight schedule and doesn’t mind being in a slow boat while it cruises the sea heading to the summer get-away islands of Cebu, Bohol,  Boracay, Siquijor, Palawan and many more.

Below are list of my own tips, guide, and suggestion on how to Do It Yourself  (DIY) island hopping adventure via ferry boat. These information are based on my experiences while on-board a ferry on a countless years of traveling, covering wide sort of passenger ships/boats plying on different ports in this country. You as first time ferry traveler will gained insight and ideas on what to expect on buying a ticket, to getting around the ferry terminal, on boarding and dis-embarking a boat, and most importantly getting your way in and out of the pier safely.

First Three Important Tips

  1. Ferry travel in a Philippine setting is far more different from that of American or European standard on sea travel. Why so? head further to learn more about it.
  2. Be prepared. Do some research about Philippine culture, tradition, the settings, its people, and most importantly the weather (click it here).
  3. Island hopping via ferry boat is generally safe- the country’s Maritime Safety Standard have been improved over the years- so need not to worry. It can be tiring and boring especially during long voyage, but rest assured that upon arrival on each and every destination you will be awed with what every Island can offer.

Eager for more? here it goes.

One of the many outrigger boats found in Boracay  Island.

On Choosing a Ferry, Delays, and Cancellation of Trip

  1. There are ferry-boats that carries passengers and cargoes, and connects to one or more islands in a single trip.
  2. There are long distance passenger ferries that regularly sails from either Manila or Batangas, with destination to major ports in the Visayas, and Mindanao. Overnight ferries, on the other hand, sails to and from Port of Cebu, Batangas, and other ports along Vis-Min area for example falls to this category. Whereas, short-distance ferries usually travels less than an hour or to more than hour,  from one island connecting another island.
  3. Meanwhile, medium to large sized ferry boats are typically the RORO (Roll on-Roll off) type of vessel that carries passengers and rolling cargoes. These types of boats are commonly used in a long or short distance haul.
  4. Medium sized freighter like ferry-boats on the other hand, has a forward crane mast generally used to haul palatalized cargoes. These boats by the way accommodates passengers on a short trip, some on an overnight trip.
  5. Small ferry boats normally are those single hulled or catamaran fast craft that you may often see in Port of Batangas or in Cebu Port. These type of boats are the most convenient among the last two mentioned type of boats as it is fast, on-time and comfortable, although the drawback is its not so cheap fare tickets. There are also motorized outrigger boats that plies on a regular short distance route and can take passengers on a daily basis, they are normally cheap, often slow and uncomfortable especially when crossing a rough sea.
  6. When buying a ticket, there is one or more accommodation to choose from. The more expensive are the one that offers first class amenities (a Filipino standard amenities), the least expensive are mostly preferred by locals but it usually has minor inconveniences for passengers.
  7. Most ferry companies doesn’t have website, but many of them does have Facebook page wherein you may inquire or view their posted schedule.
  8. Most ferry companies doesn’t have online booking arrangement either.
  9. Foreign tourist planning their travel itinerary and would want to try a ferry trip may book in advanced through travel agencies which are often found over the net.
  10. For locals, buying a ticket is usually done on a ticketing office or booth found on every port, and even inside a shopping malls located on a major thoroughfare of a city.
  11. Tickets are commonly issued hours before departure, sometimes a few minutes before the vessel departs. As a general rule tickets are sold at first come first served basis.
  12. Buying a ticket at least a day or week ahead will save you from long queue of people, and usually tickets are priced lower.
  13. Ticketing offices/booth does not accept credit or debit cards.
  14. If you’re traveling on holiday season (particularly Christmas and Lenten vacation , long-weekend, etc), I recommend you to secure your ticket as early as you can. Tickets during this time are often hard to find or none at all, sometimes tickets double its price-why am I not surprised! And more often the inexpensive economy accommodations are fully book, and you will likely opted to buy the first class tickets instead.  FYI: Port of Cebu, Port of Batangas, and Port of Matnog in Sorsogon, Caticlan Jetty Port are few of the many ports in the country with heavy concentration of passengers during holidays so expect some delays, long queuing lines and crowded terminals during this time.
  15. Tickets by the way are refundable and re-bookable, but seldom re-routable. Normally refunds are subject to fees, and honored only in a ticketing office where you actually bought it.
  16. Tickets does not include terminal fees.
  17. A purchased ticket may include charges for Insurance fee, government tax, fuel surcharge and other fees. It may also include Filipino meal for long distance route. You may chose not to pay the fees for the meal should you prefer, just inform the ticket issuing officer ahead.
  18. Normally toddlers, elderly person, and person with disabilities are subject to discounted tickets. Foreign tourist/travelers unfortunately are not covered on these privileges.
  19. You can transport your motorized vehicle from one island to another island with ease, just bring those necessary papers and have it all photocopied.
  20. Ferry schedules are posted here in Islandhopping Geek’s Travel Guide, they are all updated every now and then.
  21. Bringing pets is possible, just secure a permit to carry from the Bureau of Plants and Animal Industry’s office found near every port. Reminders: office hour’s is until 5 PM,  and to my surprise there were no fees for my pet when I requested for a clearance.
  22. Some ferry company charges you a minimal fee for every pet or animals brought on-board.
  23. If you’ve been notified ahead that your planned trip were cancelled due to non availability of a ship… don’t get surprised! most likely the ship undergoes repair.  You see almost all ferry boats plying between every port in this country are old, and acquired second-hand from Japan.
  24. More often, areas affected by weather disturbances would likely caused shipping delays on departures and arrivals. Expect trips will likely be cancelled for a day to a week should the government’s weather agency PAGASA, declares storm strength as it is approaching a land mass- it can be heard all over radio and television station nationwide, better have Plan B set aside.
  25. Delays on departure or arrival can also be attributed to cargo loading and unloading process. Cargoes by the way are the lifeline for every RO-RO boats plying on every route, more often these ferry boats carries a full load of vehicles on its cargo bay to compensate for their expenses- indeed a long waiting time for passengers.

    CPA's Passenger Terminal Building

    CPA’s Passenger Terminal Building

    On Getting Your Way To These Seaports

  26. The convenient way going to a major ports like the one in Manila, Cebu, or Davao is through taxicab. Normally the cost of flagging down a taxi depends on what was on the taxi meter’s display, other taxi driver may charged you for a  fix price which is normally expensive especially if you’re a foreigner-don’t bite it if I were you; try to find a taxicab that would rather charge you based on what was on the taxi meter’s rate.
  27. Ordinary metered taxi (white) from NAIA terminals to North Harbor Port Terminal would normally cost in between 300 to 500 pesos, that’s if it never encounters heavy traffic; it may also cost you a little more during late at night. Whereas airport taxi (yellow) will cost you double than the normal but you can be assured by their well mannered and professional service. You may check the link here to learn more about taxicab fare rate.
  28. However port access on a smaller cities are conveniently reached through public transport such as Jeepney, multi-cabs, tricycles and commuter buses. Fares for this vehicle are per person or per trip basis.
  29. There are uniformed porters inside the terminal area ready to assist every passengers.  Manila North Harbor Terminal by the way regulates the collection of fees to passengers for every baggage checked-in, so no need to haggle for the price for each of the porter’s services. Other port does not have such arrangement like in Manila so the rule is you need to find amicable deals.
  30. If you happen to take the services of these porters make sure you have his name, or the number of his uniform, or at least remember his face, after all you are entrusting your belonging in his hands…don’t get too confident.
  31. Before entering into a passenger terminal, you will be required to present your boarding ticket together with the terminal fee (ticket).
  32. Terminal fee will cost from fifteen pesos to a hundred pesos more depending on a port terminal.
  33. Terminal tickets are issued only to passengers.
  34. Major ports have spacious passenger terminal building, with modern facilities to handle and accommodate large numbers of passengers on a given time.
  35. During holiday rush and weather disturbances, ship’s  schedules changes more often thereby resulting to delays and cancellation of trip; passenger terminal building- on this situation- are normally busy accommodating crowds of stranded passengers. These passengers often littered on a terminal’s benches, floors, and corners together with their baggages, luggages, and boxes they brought in; and most likely a hundred more passengers are waiting outside eager to get inside the building .
  36. Arrived three hours ahead of scheduled departure. When I was island hopping in Palawan a month ago, I was actually at the terminal six hours ahead of the scheduled departure. Later on after spending five hours in the terminal waiting for a boat, a ferry company representative went to announced that the boat’s arrival would be delayed for another more hours (what a poor Press Released). It turned out that the announced “more hours” of delay means it would reach to agonizing 12 hours of waiting until the boat departed from the port.
  37. Is these are the normal settings? I remember I was once asked by a confused foreign couple the same question, honestly, in such circumstance wherein weather is the main caused I’m looking at it as a normal phenomena. The best thing to do when your in such unbelievable situation, is to ready your option A and C, which is to either wait or ask for refund. 
  38. Most of the ports implements port security; expect your bags, luggage and other things you brought in with you are gonna be checked and subjected to thermal scanners. Passengers will be required to undergo metal detector and body frisking as well.
  39. Filipinos loved to travel that’s the fact. If you find them around jolly and very friendly- sometimes noisy to the point it would distract other passengers- some are walking back and forth endlessly, while others are laughing to the point it would annoy fellow passengers… just relax they’re just  too eager to board a ship, you see almost all of us pinoy are first time ferry boat travelers. 

    Expect long queuing lines during peak season

    Boarding a Ferry Boat

  40. During boarding calls almost all Pinoy travelers would want to board a ship as quickest as possible… too eager as I noticed. Some would resort to pushing and hustling with one another, others will create their own lines instead of following what was the normal queuing lines… while foreigners calls it “Chaotic”, I call it culture. You have to understand that these Filipino travelers do not have the luxury to travel more often, so they have this tendency to get too excited on a feeling of what was like traveling on a ship. Why join the euphoria? relax and wait till the situation calms down.     
  41. Don’t lose your ticket.
  42. Always carry your ticket with you.
  43. Your seat or bunk assignment will be based on what was indicated on your ticket. If someone other than you occupies your assigned seat or bed, tell the boat crew.
  44. If you’re on economy accommodation then expect that you will be staying for the rest of your journey together with the other passengers on a non-air-conditioned, crowded, noisy, and a bit of chaotic surrounding.
  45. Why chaotic? Most of foreign travelers on a first time ferry trip didn’t expect what was it like being on a budget accommodation. Actually for us locals what was in there were pretty normal…you would be sleeping with fellow fellow human being on an inch apart- more often than, you will be sleeping side by side with people who snores and cough like a German guard dog. Families with kids often running here and there sometimes knocking out things; annoying passengers keep on talking, laughing, and singing on a videoke machine in the middle of the night; ship’s engine is quite noisy especially if your near rear section. Others are eating in front of you and not on a dining or mess hall; luggage’s, boxes, pets, electronic appliances and other household stuff are blocking your way almost like occupying the entire ship.
  46. And oh, you might wondering why do most Filipinos carries almost every stuff inside their house when they travel? That was a question asked by a puzzled foreign guy…a question were only Filipino travelers knows the exact answer.
  47. Never leave your bag open or display any valuables – laptop, smartphone, jewelry, money- to anyone especially if your on a crowded room or public places (a disaster waiting to happen).
  48. Person with disability will find it a little difficult while on-board a ferry as most do not have facilities that would address their needs.

    Sometimes you have to deal with reality…toilets are closed and under repair.

    Sanitation & Hygiene

  49. Here’s more…you wish to use a toilet (“loo”, “john”, or “room 100” as what foreigners call it) and you’ll be stunned with what you see when opening the door. If you’re traveling on a ferry carrying a hundred to a thousands of passengers, then expect that most of the hundreds of passengers before you will be using the same toilet room on a given time. Most ferry does not have dedicated crew whose task is to clean the toilet every now and then.
  50. If you are traveling on an overnight ferry, the best time to visit the toilet is during late at night wherein almost all people are asleep, and more likely toilets are cleaned and sanitized.
  51. If you’re traveling on a short distance trip and you can’t live with the toilet, try to hold on it for a while. Or visit a comfortable toilet before boarding a ferry boat.
  52. Almost all toilet found on every ferry do not have hand soap in a soap dispenser, neither do have any toilet paper on its tissue paper holder.
  53. Expect that toilet flush isn’t working, more likely you will be using a bucket!
  54. Toilet exhaust fan maybe working maybe not.
  55. Neither have any hand washing facilities near mess area, more often you need to visit toilet room to wash your hand.
  56. The general practice is you bring your own toiletries or buy it in a store on-board.
  57. Let me reiterate that what you pay is what you get. You choose for a budget accommodation then expect those mentioned above inconveniences.
  58. But if you wish to venture for more comfortable and relaxing trip on board you may upgrade to cabin or suite accommodation, rest assure you wil have the luxury and the privacy on your entire trip.
  59. Meals are not free unless stated on your ticket. Meals serve are often local dish of various taste and style, first class dining offers better meal experience suitable for tourist and well to do passengers . On-board stores offers snacks, sodas, instant coffee, and more choices of instant noodles- hey, don’t ask me why first thing you would notice on an on-board stores is nothing but instant noodles, I, too, get puzzled.                                                                                                                                                                              

     “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”– James Michener

    Got a good camera? moments such as this are worthy of a snapshot.

    What to Bring On-Board

  60. Bring ear plugs or earphones. This may help you sleep soundly even on a noisy environment.
  61. Buy pack meals, snacks, bottled water, motion sickness tablets, and toiletries while your in the city. On-board store sell this stuff but often at higher price.
  62. Smartphone or your ordinary phone. Smartphone will help your kids ease their boredom on a long distance trip, especially if they can play their favorite games.
  63. You can bring your cellphone charger and have it hook-up on a wall socket on-board. Just ask the crew where you can safely plug it.
  64. Telephones services by the way (i.e. Calls, SMS, and 3G mobile internet) can also be access even far shore- usually your phone may pick a not too strong signal but good enough to send or receive a text message. Often a 3G signal will only be picked-up by your smartphone only if there is an island nearby.
  65. Identification papers in case you need it.                         
    Zaragoza Gate Pier 4 Manila North Harbor.

    Zaragoza Gate Pier 4 Manila North Harbor.

    Upon Arrival

  66. Check your belongings especially when dis-embarking a boat, make sure that all things are within your reach.
  67. Arrival on a daylight posed no difficulty when finding a public vehicle going to a city. During late at night things maybe difficult especially when few public transport vehicles are found, most if not all will charge you high. The best thing to do (if you think fare is too stiff and not safe to travel at night) is to stay for a while at the port’s passenger terminal until daylight.
  68. Arrival at night in Manila is a bit of a test for those first timer especially for foreign tourist coming from Palawan or Cebu. Once outside Zaragoza Gate of the Manila North Harbor you will find  hundreds of passengers looking for a transportation just like you do; public transport like jeepneys are common here and most have different route with different fare, some will charge you minimum while others will charge double. Just ask the driver how much would be the cost before boarding any of these jeepneys. Be alert of snatchers and crooks lurking around.
  69. If you’re heading to the NAIA terminal’s 1 & 2 or at any of those hotels in Makati, Pasay or Manila, it’s better to take a taxicab as public transport like jeepney or buses are not available for this route. Again if you can find a taxi that is willing to charge you based on what was on the taxi meter’s reading the better, if not try to haggle for a better deal.
  70. If your boarding a vessel from Caticlan (Aklan), Romblon, Puerto Galera or Calapan in Oriental Mindoro and you wish to travel to Manila, the easiest way is through the numerous ferry boats that connects these provinces to the Port of Batangas. Upon arrival on this modern port located in Batangas City several bus companies (almost all of them offers air-conditioned buses) are waiting outside the terminal round the clock, some bus will take you to Alabang in Muntinlupa, others will go to Cubao in Quezon City, but most buses will end up to Buendia in Pasay City. There are a good bus competition around here so expect each bus company will offers nice and well air-conditioned coach, a well mannered driver and conductor, and a cheap fare.

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

 ― Clifton Fadiman

That’s it for now. If you have questions feel free to comment here, if you think this blog help  please do share it!  Thanks.

BACOLOD CITY TO DUMANGAS, ILOILO v.v.-2017 RORO GUIDE


These Roll-on Roll-off vessel schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found at Port of Dumangas and BREDCO Port as well. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding Shipping operator and Port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered from different sources and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies unless stated. 

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BREDCO Port Ro-Ro Wharf. Copyright: mcgutib

FROM BREDCO PORT TO DUMANGAS
ETD
Montenegro Shipping

12MN

Tri-Star Megalink

2 AM

Millenium Shipping

3 AM

Montenegro Shipping

4 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

4 AM

Montenegro Shipping

6 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

7 AM

Montenegro Shipping

8 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

9 AM

Millenium Shipping

10:15 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

11 AM

Montenegro Shipping

12 NOON

Tri-Star Megalink

1 PM

Montenegro Shipping

4 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

4:30 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

5:30 PM

Millenium Shipping

7 PM

Montenegro Shipping

8 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

8 PM

Montenegro Shipping

10 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

10 PM

FARES

Montenegro Shipping – 80 Pesos

Tri- Star Megalink – 70 Pesos

Millenium Shipping’s fare for SUV-  900  Pesos (fare  include two passenger)

Motorcycle fare- 300 Pesos including the driver

BREDCO Port Terminal Fee – 10 Pesos

Dumangas Port

Lakbayan Uno and Tri-Star Megalink vessel. Copyright: mcgutib

FROM DUMANGAS RORO PORT TO BACOLOD
ETD
Montenegro Shipping

12MN

Tri-Star Megalink

2 AM

Montenegro Shipping

2 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

5 AM

Millenium Shipping

6 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

7 AM

Montenegro Shipping

8 AM

Tri-Star Megalink

10 AM

Montenegro Shipping

12 NOON

Tri-Star Megalink

12 NOON

Millenium Shipping

1:15 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

2:30 PM

Montenegro Shipping

4 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

4:30 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

6:30 PM

Montenegro Shipping

8 PM

Tri-Star Megalink

8:30 PM

Millenium Shipping

10:00 PM

Tri-Star Megalink 11 PM

RO-RO vessels plying on this route:

For Millenium Shipping Corp. –  M/V Lakbayan Uno

For Tri-Star Megalink Corp. – LCT Tabuelan Navistar, LCT Sr. Sto. Nino Navistar, & LCT Cadiz Navistar

For Montenegro Shipping – M/V Maria Beatriz & M/V Maria Teresa

 SUV fare:  Php 1,024 including two passengers

Dumangas Passenger Terminal Fee – 30 Pesos

CATICLAN JETTY PORT FERRY & RORO GUIDE-2016 UPDATES


Boracay

Caticlan Jetty Port Passenger Terminal Buiding. Copyright: mcgutib

These Ro-Ro/ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found at Caticlan Jetty Port and Port of Roxas as well.  The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites, Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

I.  CATICLAN AKLAN to ROXAS MINDORO ORIENTAL

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Montenegro/Marina Shipping Lines

Departs daily every 2 AM, 6 AM, 2 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM

Fare rates per Pax: 460 Pesos

Four-wheeled vehicle (cars/SUV)  fare cost at 3,680 Pesos, not included is the terminal fee.

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Starlite Shipping Lines

Departs daily at 12 NN, 4 PM, and 7:30 PM

Fare rate per Pax: Php 429

Private vehicle (SUV) fare plus driver: 4,000- 4,500 Pesos not included is the terminal fee.

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Super Shuttle Ferry

Departs daily at 5:30 PM

II.  CATICLAN TO BULALACAO,  MINDORO OCCIDENTAL 

FASTCAT

Fastcat

Departs daily at every 3 AM, and 3 PM

Fare rate per Person: Php 375

III.  CATICLAN TO SANTA FE /ODIONGAN, TABLAS ISLAND 

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2GO Travel for Odiongan, Tablas Island

Departs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday at 8 AM

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Pumpboats for Lo-oc and Sta. Fe

 Santa Fe is located in the southernmost part  whereas  Lo-oc is almost in the middle part both in the island of Tablas. Motorized outrigger boat’s or pumpboat -as local calls it- going to Sta. Fe is located just next to Caticlan Jetty Port. Boats departure to and from Tablas is almost daily and every 8 or 9 in the morning, depends entirely on weather along the area. 

Pumpboat station going to Lo-oc is located in Sitio Tabon, Baybay. Departures usually every morning at 8 or 9, again depending on the weather along this area.

IV.  CATICLAN TO BATANGAS

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Departure for Batangas: Daily every morning and/or evening departure.

V.  CATICLAN TO BORACAY

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Fast craft departures: Daily at an hour or less interval.

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Pump-boat departures/arrival at every minutes interval.

VI. SAN JOSE, OCC. MINDORO TO CORON, PALAWAN

Please do note that ferry/banca often departs from San Jose Occ. Mindoro to Coron early in the morning. To make it possible for anyone to be able to catch up the trip to Coron, take the early morning trip of Fastcat from Caticlan to Bulalacao. Once arrived in Bulalacao Port take a V-Hire (passenger commuter van park outside the pier’s gate) that goes to San Jose.

However, as of the moment only banca sails in between this port so expect boat tickets are limited; be reminded that “early bird….” rule applies here.

Bunso Transport’s fleet of Banca moored here in Port of Coron, Coron Palawan. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 9AM. Fare is at Php 800 plus 15 pesos for terminal fee.

Contact nos. +63 9103710621 / +63 93595882274

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Note: Montenegro Shipping Company cancelled its daily trip to and from Coron, until further notice.

Schedule of Montenegro going to and from Coron, Palawan.

Departs daily from San Jose to Coron at 6 AM.

Departs daily  from Coron to San Jose at 4 PM.

Regular fare is 590 Pesos per pax.

DUMANJUG, CEBU TO GUIHULNGAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL V.V RORO/FERRY GUIDE- 2017 UPDATES


Port of Tangil, Dumanjug Cebu

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These Ro-Ro/Ferry vessel schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found in Port of Tangil in the town of Dumanjug, Cebu; Port of Bolado and Basak wharf, which were located in Guihulngan Negros Oriental. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policyOther pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites or Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only, and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

Images shown here are property of the owner/author, and protected by copyrights. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing please.

PAR TRANSPORT’S FERRY/RORO SCHEDULES

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M/V Leonor 5 docked at Port of Tangil. Copyright: mcgutib

FROM PORT OF TANGIL TO BASAK WHARF

VESSEL

 FASTCRAFT  M/L LEONOR 2/5

6:30 AM

2:30 PM

RO-RO VESSEL

LCT SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

8:30 AM

12:00 PM

FROM BASAK WHARF TO PORT OF TANGIL

VESSEL

 FASTCRAFT M/V LEONOR 2/5 

6:30 AM

12 NN

RO-RO VESSEL

LCT SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

5:00 AM

10:00 AM

Fare Rates:

 Php 160/person (upper deck)

Php 140/person (lower deck)

Php 120/person- Shipper

SUV/Sedan: Php 1,500

Motorcycle: Php 400 (including driver)

ISLAND SHIPPING’S RO-RO SCHEDULES

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LCT ISLAND- III. Copyright: mcgutib

FROM PORT OF TANGIL TO PORT OF BULADO 

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Port of Tangil, Dumanjug Cebu. Copyright: mcgutib

Morning Departures

4 AM

7 AM

9 AM

11 AM

Afternoon Departures

1 PM

3 PM

 FROM PORT OF BULADO TO PORT OF TANGIL

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Port of Bolado, Liko Bolado, Guihulngan Negros Oriental. Copyright: mcgutib

Morning Departures

7 AM

9 AM

11 AM

Afternoon Departures

1 PM

3 PM

5 PM

 Vessel:  M/V ISLAND RORO 1 & LCT ISLAND III

Fare Rates

  Php 150/person for Economy Accommodation

Php 170/person for Air-con Accommodation

SUV: Php 1,850

Motorcycle (100cc):  Php 400 including driver

DUMAGUETE RORO & FERRY GUIDE – 2017 UPDATE


Port of Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard  Dumaguete City

These Ro-Ro/Ferryu schedules and fares are sourced from ticketing booth found at Port of Dumaguete. The informations provided herein are accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy.  Other pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites or Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

I.    DUMAGUETE  TO DIPOLOG ( VIA DAPITAN)

M/V GP Ferry 2 of George & Peter Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and 6 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

 Departs every Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 5pm

Fares per Pax starts at  385 Pesos (Promo Fares at  308 only)

SUV/SEDAN- Php 3,500

Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

M/V Danica Joy departs daily at 4 AM

M/V Krisha Kerstin departs daily at 1:00 PM

M/V Ciara Joie 5 departs daily at 3:30 PM

Fares per person start at 350 Pesos/ Air-con accommodation at 450 Pesos

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,000 (Promo)

 Schedule: Departs daily at 6 AM 

Fares start at  352 Pesos per Pax

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,525

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 6AM, 2PM & 10 PM

II.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO CEBU CITY

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Every Sun-Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat at 12 MN 

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Georich one of the oldest ferry on service as of today. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Monday,  Friday, and Saturday at 11 pm

Thursday at 9 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

III.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO ZAMBOANGA CITY 

M/V Zamboanga Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Every Monday

Fare per Pax start at 750 Pesos 

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Sched: Departs every Monday at 11:59 PM

IV.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO LARENA OR  SIQUIJOR, SIQUIJOR

GL Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Daily except Saturday at 5:45AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, 12NN, 3 PM & 4:00 PM

 Fare per Pax: Php 175 Air-con

M/V Ciara Joie of Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Departs daily at 8:30 AM/10:30 AM/ 3:30 PM & 6 PM

Fare per person 100 Pesos

Mountain Bike- 100 Pesos

Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV) 1,300 Pesos

Cebu-Tagbilaran-Dumaguete v.v route

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Schedule: Departs daily at 7:20 AM & 4:0 PM (for Siquijor, Siquijor)

9:40 AM & 6:20 PM for Larena, Siquijor

Fare per Fax: Php 235

LCT Delta Car Ferry

Delta Fast Ferries (no longer exist)

Schedule: Sun-Fri (10:15am & 4:30pm)/ Sat (9am, 12nn, & 4:30pm)

Pax Fare: Php 160

Montenegro Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Daily Trips at 10 AM & 6 PM (goes to Port of Larena)

Daily Departure at 7 AM & 2 PM (goes to Siquijor, Siquijor)

Fare per Pax to Larena- Php 170 (economy)

To Siquijor – Php 130

Four-wheeled vehicle (SUV) 1,430 Pesos

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Mbca Jaylann of GL Shipping Lines

Departs daily to Siquijor, Siquijor

Fares per Pax: Php 175 (Air-con)

Orlines Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

No schedule as of the moment

V.  DUMAGUETE CITY  TO TAGBILARAN CITY

Dgte-Tagbi route

Schedule: Departs daily at  8:30 AM & 3:00 PM

Fares start at 700 Pesos per Pax

 VI.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO MANILA

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Depart every Wedneday at 1 PM

BATANGAS PORT RORO/FERRY GUIDE-2017 UPDATES


Only in the Philippines

These RoRo/Ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found in Port of Batangas. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operators, cargo rates, terminal fees and policies can be found at their respective websites or at Batangas Port Terminal Office itself. 

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted here; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. ANY USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

Images shown here belongs to the owner/author and are protected by COPYRIGHTS. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing please.

I.  BATANGAS to TABLAS, SIBUYAN & ROMBLON, ROMBLON

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NAVIOS SHIPPING LINES

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

GRAND VENTURE

Batangas to Cajidiocan (Sibuyan Island)

Sunday & Wednesday

4 PM

 950 Pesos (Economy)

Batangas to San Augustin (Tablas Island)

Sun & Wed

4 PM

850 Pesos

GRAND UNITY

Batangas to Romblon 

Sunday &  Wednesday 4 AM

 850  Pesos (Economy)

Batangas to San Agustin (Tablas) Sunday & Wednesday 4 PM

Php 850 (Economy)

You may contact this number for other information: mobile# 0908 146 2243

MV Princess Anavell

MV Princess Anavell

 CSGA FERRY CORP.

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

See above photo

For Romblon

For Odiongan

Thurs and Sat

Tuesday

4 PM

Php 610 Economy

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Anthony de Padua

2GO TRAVEL

Vessel

Destination Day Time

Fare

St. Anthony de Padua Batangas to Odiongan

 Sunday

10 AM

Please check 2GO website for details.
 

Monday

9 PM

 
   

Thursday

10 AM

 
  Batangas to Romblon

Tuesday

10 PM

Please check 2GO website for details.
   

Friday

10 PM

 
M/V Maria Xenia

M/V Maria Xenia

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Destination

DAY ETD

FARE

Batangas to Romblon

Monday Thursday and Saturday

5 PM

954 Pesos Economy

Batangas to Odiongan  Daily except Tuesday   5 PM  

762 Pesos (Economy)

Batangas to San Jose, Occ. Mindoro Monday, Wednesday  and Friday

6 PM

726 Pesos (Economy)
San Jose, Mindoro Occidental to Coron, Palawan

Daily

6 AM

590 Economy

SUV Fares for Batangas to Romblon: Php 6,656 (includes driver)

Romblon to Batangas Ferry Guide, please follow the link: Romblon Guide 2015

II.   BATANGAS TO MASBATE- CEBU & CAGAYAN DE ORO  
Super Shuttle RORO 3

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 SUPER SHUTTLE RO-RO  (No Trip as of the moment)

ROUTE

DAY/TIME

FARE

Batangas to Masbate Tuesday at 9 PM Php 655 (Bunk)/ Php 555 (Theater)
Masbate to Cebu Wednesday at 12 NN Php 655 (Bunk)/ Php 555 (Theater)
Cebu to Cagayan de Oro Thursday at 12 MN From Masbate to CDO- Php 1,200
Cagayan de Oro to Cebu Saturday at 4 PM

Cebu to Masbate Sunday at 12 NN Php 655 (Bunk)/ Php 555 (Theater)
Masbate to Batangas Monday at 11 AM Php 655 (Bunk)/ Php 555 (Theater)
Batangas to Odiongan Tue-Thurs-Sat at 3 PM

III.   BATANGAS TO  CULASI, ROXAS CITY

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SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 2

Departs every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 3 PM

Fares at Php 800 Economy/ Php 950 Air-con

Note: You may contact Super Shuttle ticketing booth for updated schedule: mobile# 0915 646 6857 or 0916 415 3322

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2GO TRAVEL

Departs every Tuesday and Friday at 10 PM

Fares at Php 840 ++ (includes tax and other fees)


IV.  BATANGAS to CATICLAN 
St. Ignatius of Loyola

M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola

2GO TRAVEL

M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola every daily except Monday at 9 PM

M/V St. Anthony de Padua every Sunday &Thursday at 10 AM and Monday at 9 PM

Please check 2GO website for fares and discount offers.

V.  BATANGAS TO CALAPAN CITY 

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BESTA SHIPPING LINES

Departs daily at-

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12:30

12:30

2:30

3:30

6:30

5:30
7:30

7:30

9:30

9:30

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person. SUV Fares at Php 1,500 (incudes driver)

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SUPER SHUTTLE  FERRY

Two trips a daily departing every 5:15 AM and 5:15 PM

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person

MONTENEGRO/MARINA SHIPPING LINES *

Departs  daily at :

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12 MN

12 NN
2:00

2:00

4:00

4:00

6:00

6:00

8:00

8:00

10:00

10:00

Minimum fare is at  198 Pesos/Person

SUV Fare: Php 1,536 (includes driver)


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FASTCAT 

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

12:00

2:30
1:30

5:00

6:00

8:30

9:00

11:00

Minimum fare is at 190 Pesos/Person. Check their website for added infos.

St. Sealthiel

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SUPERCAT

Departures daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

6:00

12:30

7:30

2:00

9:00

3:30
10:30

5:00

6:30

Minimum fare is at 360 Pesos/person. You may check their websites for more infos.

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OCEAN JET

Departs daily:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
4:50

12:20

6:20

1:50

7:50

3:20

9:20

4:50

10:50

6:20

Economy Fare per Pax is at 200 Pesos. You may check their websites for more infos.

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 STARLITE FERRIES

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
1:00

1:00

3:00

3:00

5:00

5:00

7:00

7:00

9:00

9:00
11:00

11:00

Minimum fare per Pax is at 192 Pesos

* Four-wheeled vehicle (cars/suv) fare cost at 1,536 Pesos not including the terminal fee.

VI. BATANGAS TO ABRA DE ILOG
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MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 2 AM, 6 AM, 10 AM, 2 PM, 6 & 10 PM

Minimum fare at 260 Pesos/person

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BESTA SHIPPING LINES INC.

Daily trip: 12 MN, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 NN, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Minimum Fare per Pax is at 260 Pesos. SUV Fares at Php 1,870 (includes driver)

VII.  BATANGAS TO PUERTO GALERA


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MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 7AM and 12PM

Minimum fare at 170 Pesos/person. 

Starlite Ferries

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STARLITE FERRIES

Ro-Ro daily schedules at 10 AM & 6 PM

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Starlite Juno. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs for Puerto Galera daily every 5:30 AM, 11 AM & 3:30 PM

Departs for Balatero daily every 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

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BANCA TRIPS

MINOLO SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

 5:00 (Peak Season)

6:00

12 NN

6:30

12:30

7:00

12:45

7:15

1:00

7:30

1:30

7:45

2:00

8:00

2:30

8:30

2:45

9:00

3:00

9:30

3:30

10:00

4:00

10:30

4:30

10:45

5:00

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax- Php 230 (Muelle)

                                  – Php 275 (White Beach)

FATHER & SON SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:00

12 NN

5:15

12:35

5:30

12:45
5:45

1:05

6:15

1:30

6:30

1:45

7:00

2:00

7:15

2:30

7:30

2:45

7:45

3:00

8:10

3:30

8:25

3:45

8:45

4:00

9:00

4:15
9:35

4:30

10:00

10:45

11:15

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax: Php 230 (Muelle & Sabang)

GALERIAN

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:15

12 NN

5:35

12:30

6:15

1:10

6:45

1:45

6:50

2:15

7:30

2:35

8:00

3:00

8:20

4:00

8:45

4:30

9:30

5:00

10:00

5:30

10:30

11:00

11:30

 

CHALLENGE & PASSION

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:20

12:25

5:45

1:30

6:30

2:15

7:00

2:40

7:30

3:30
8:25

4:45

9:10

9:30

10:00

11:55

DEL MUNDO

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

6:15 (Seasonal)

7:30

1:15

9:15

3:15

12:15

5:15

RHEALAINE

Morning Trips- 9 AM

Afternoon Trips- 1 PM & 4:30 PM

Featured Philippine Ports: PORT OF DAPITAN


Port of Pulauan, Dapitan City Zamboanga del Norte

DAPITAN CITY,  ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

The province of Zamboanga del Norte or simply known as “ZANORTE” is located in the Zamboanga Peninsula, and is bounded by Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south; Misamis Occidental to the east, and Sulu Sea in the northwest. Its capital is Dipolog City generally known as the Gateway to Western Mindanao   but unfortunately the city has no wharf of its own and is relying on Port of Pulauan, located in Dapitan City about nine kilometers to reach the said capital. On 6th of June 2012, the province celebrated its 60th founding anniversary. (1)

Dapitan is derived from the word Dapit which means to invite in cebuano dialect. It refers to the group of Boholanos from Panglao Island who were invited by Datu Pagbuaya, the acknowledged founder of the city, to accompany him to the “Dakung Yuta”(big land) that is Mindanao; and the settlement they established was called Dapitan. This is the traditional version of how Dapitan got its name. (2)

On 22nd of June 1963, the once small town rich with history took a giant step forward and became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 3811 which was signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal, thus becoming the first city in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is officially known as the “Shrine City of the Philippines”. Dapitan City is one of the four cities of Region 9 , the other are Zamboanga City, Pagadian City, and Dipolog City. (3)

Our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal spent his last four years in exile in Dapitan. His original estate here has been declared a National Shrine and is being administered by the National Historical Institute. It is envisioned that by the year 2020, the city aims to become the only Jose Rizal heritage center of the country, owing to the wealth of memorabilia and memorable places associated with our national hero.

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Dapitan

Vehicular entrance at Port of Dapitan

Vehicular entrance at Port of Dapitan

Better known as Pulauan or Pulawan Port from the vernacular word “pulaw” meaning to stay awake even during the wee hours of the night, this because of its location that has been customarily known as having a prominent lighthouse to direct vessels from harms way once it enters and exit the harbor. It is the major point of entry and exit for sea going passengers; and main trading center of Zamboanga peninsula that link to Manila, Cebu and other commercial centers in the Visayas.

Pulauan Port- better known as Dapitan Port- is located in Barangay San Vicente in Dapitan City ( a mere seven kilometers away from the city proper). It is situated in a cove fully protected by mountainous terrain; and is navigable at night by the aid of two  Philippine Coast Guard lighthouses- one is visible at Tag-ulo Point, and another lighthouse placed on top of a hill adjacent to Pulauan Port itself. The harbor can be accessed through the waters of North Western Mindanao, particularly in Dapitan Bay which is part of the Sulu Sea. This port is about 404 nautical miles (650 kms.) southwest of manila, 156 nautical miles to Zamboanga City and 111 nautical miles to Cebu City. (4)

Port District Office-Southern Mindanao (PDO-SoMin) Baseport Dapitan is a major trunkline of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), created by the administration of then President Arroyo. It serves as the backdoor of the Western Nautical Highway, which connects seven other Ro-Ro Ports from Luzon and Visayas, namely:

1. Batangas City

2. Calapan Port, Calapan City Oriental Mindoro

3. Roxas Port, Municipality of Roxas Occidental Mindoro

4. Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay Aklan

5. Dumangas, Iloilo City

6. Bredco Port, Bacolod City

7. Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Dapitan was upgraded into a PMO from its former Terminal Management Office (TMO) status through a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Memorandum Order Nos. 2008-D00742R dated 28th of July 2008, and was approved by the former President Gloria Arroyo. Philippine Ports Authority on the other hand also issued Special Order Nos. 2009-128, and 2009-310 for its transfer of jurisdiction to PDO-SoMin which is based in Davao City from formerly being part of the PDO-Northern Mindanao (PDO-NoMin) located in Cagayan de Oro City. (5)

HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION

Port Location:   Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City

Port Name:   PMO Dapitan

Port Management:  Port District Office-Southern Mindanao

Address: Km. 10 Sasa, Davao City Philippines

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Latitude:   8° 39’ 21 N

Longitude:  123° 23’ 26 E

Port Type:  Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Total Area: 18,255 sq. meters

Terminal Area: 186 sq. meters

RORO Ramps: 2 11x 9 meters

DAPITAN PORT STATISTICS for 2012

Total number of Ship (Foreign & Domestic)

2,904

Gross Registered Tonnage

2,926,970

Deadweight Tonnage

3,069,992

Total Cargo (m.t)

914,445

Domestic / Foreign (m.t)

566,207/ 348,238

Total Passenger

620,512

Source: http://www.ppa.com.ph/dapitan port-stats

DAPITAN RO-RO/FERRY GUIDE

DEPARTUREs FOR MANILA
M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Via Dumaguete City every Wednesday at 9 AM.

DEPARTURES For Dumaguete City
Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan.

Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan

Departs daily at 10 AM, 6 PM and 2 AM. See Fastcat website to view updated fares.

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines as seen here in Dapitan Port

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4 pm.

Suoer Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Daily departure at 5 AM (385 Pesos per Pax)

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

Daily departures at 2 AM and 2 PM. Promo Fare is at 352 Pesos per head.

M/V Trisha Kerstin of Aleson Shipping Lines

Daily at 10:30 AM. Fare per Pax is at 350 Pesos. SUV is at Php 3,000.

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Please check their website for updated schedule.  www.cokaliongshipping.com

Departures FoR Cebu City (direct)
M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

Wednesday & Sunday at 7 pm (Schedules are subject to change)

 DEPARTURES For Bato, Samboan (Cebu)
M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping

M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping Lines

Daily at 3 AM (Schedules are subject to change)

Fare per Person:   Php 350 for sitting and Php 360 for bed/bunk accommodation.

Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV)- Php 4,220

DEPARTURES For  Zamboanga City
M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George and Peter Lines

M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George & Peter Lines

Every Tuesday at 12 NN, arrival at Zamboanga Port is on Wednesday at 2 AM. (Schedules are subject to change). Please see G&P’s Facebook page for updated schedules.

Side note: The ferry schedules and fares posted above are sourced from the ticketing booth found in the Port of Dapitan. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policyOther pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and on their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered from reliable sources and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen). Nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided herein. THE USE OF ALL INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies unless stated.


REFFERENCES:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipolog_City

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dapitan

3. http://www.dapitancity.gov.ph/

4. http://www.zamboanga.com

5. http://www.ppasomin.com

TOLEDO CITY, CEBU TO SAN CARLOS CITY NEGROS OCCIDENTAL V.V RORO/FERRY GUIDE-2016 UPDATES


Port of Toledo. Copyright: mcgutib

These Ferry and Ro-Ro boat guide are sourced from the ticketing booth found at either Port of Toledo City in the island of Cebu and/or Port of San Carlos City, in Negros Island Province. Information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy.  Other pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites or Facebook pages and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only, and does not in anyway reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

M/V Aznar Water Taxi-1. Copyright: mcgutib

E.B AZNAR SHIPPING CORP.

Toledo City to San Carlos City (ETD)
San Carlos City to Toledo City (ETD)

6:30 AM

7:30 AM

7:30 AM

9:30 AM

9:30 AM

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

 1:30 PM  1:30 PM
3:30 PM  3:30 PM

FARE PER PAX:

180 Pesos

Regular Fee

150 Pesos

Student

Note: Fares mentioned above does not include terminal fee.

MV Lite Ferry 1. Copyright: mcgutib

DANILO LINES INC. (LITE FERRIES)

 

From Toledo City (ETD)
From San Carlos City (ETD)
 Morning Departures

5: 30 AM  & 7:30 AM 

5:00 AM & 7:30 AM

10:00 AM & 12 NN

10:00 AM 

Afternoon/Evening Departures

1:00 PM & 4 PM

1 PM & 3:30 PM

6 PM & 9 PM

6 PM

 Standard Fare:  145 Pesos  SUV- Php 1,395 (includes driver)
 Php 165 for Air-con accommodation Holiday Promo- Php 1,120

Note: Fares mentioned above does not include terminal fee.

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 New kid in town, challenging the old timers. Copyright: mcgutib

FASTCAT

FROM TOLEDO TO SAN CARLOS (ETD)

7 AM 

11 AM

3 PM

7 PM

FROM SAN CARLOS CITY TO TOLEDO CITY (ETD)

5 AM

9 AM

1 PM

5 PM

Fares:

Php 150/Pax- Economy

Php 200- Premium Economy

Php 1,535- SUV

Note: Fares mentioned above does not include terminal fee.

Featured Philippine Ports: The Manila North Harbor


Manila North Harbor Sunset view

Manila North Harbor’s sunset view.

PORT OF MANILA

The flow of local products in the market  are primarily done through water, air, and land transport-amongst the three, water transport are the most utilized. Considering the archipelagic setting of the country, domestic shipping industry are the most important  structural support for the nation’s economy. Shipping industry provides the means for inter-island transport, be that of transporting goods from one port to another, or transporting people to various islands far beyond the reach of air travel. Sea transport are viewed by many ordinary Filipinos as cost efficient as compared to air and land vehicles.

Port of Manila facilitates the flow of people and products in between the center of industries in the country, and various strategic ports in the southern region thru its modern port facilities. Finish product made by various manufacturing companies in the National Capital Region, and imported products coming from different parts of the world comes and goes here everyday-with projected annual container traffic of about three million TEU’s. Moreover, sea-going public  uses the port’s newest passenger terminal facility to get to their destination in the province south from here.  Port of Manila also served as major entry for people, and Agri-marine products coming from Visayas and Mindanao region.

PORT OF ENTRY: Manila North Harbor

Manila North Harbor by the way belong to the Port of Manila, the country’s link to major cities of the world, and the junction of domestic and international trade. Metro Manila’s domestic shipping is centered entirely in North Harbor facilities, located in the shores of  Tondo- northeast of the Manila International Container Port along the eastern part of Manila bay. Entrance to Manila Bay on the other hand is between the south approach of  El FraileCorregidor Island, and the north approach of Caballo Island. These sea-channel approach is about two miles (3.2 km) towards the north, and six and a half miles (10.5 km) wide on the south side. Its Geographical coordinates consist of the ff:

22° 17′ 46″ North, and 114° 11′ 25″ East

North Harbor-being smaller than that of  the South Harbor in terms of annual cargo/container traffic, has a total quay length of around 52 hundred meters, and a total of 41 berths along its various Piers, and Slips. These Port connects every major, and minor ports/wharves located in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao region. Accessible via the Radial road (R-10) from Navotas City, and Roxas Boulevard via Delpan (Roxas) Bridge. 

Manila North Harbor’s facilities are created with the sole purpose of serving the growing domestic passenger, and cargo shipping activities within the country. It form part of Manila Port’s backbone, which includes  Manila South Harbor,  Manila International Container Terminal , Harbor Centre Port Terminal, and the Port facilities located along the banks of Pasig River extending to Jones bridge in Binondo Manila.

The Operation and Administration of the Manila North Harbor were transferred to the Philippine Ports Authority from the Bureau of Customs on December 23, 1975 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 857, signed by then former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Vitas Port in Tondo on the other hand, were declared  part of the North Harbor Custom Zone by virtue of Executive Order nos.297 dated March 4, 1971.

Vitas Port

Cargo vessel bound for Basco Batanes as seen here at Vitas Port.

On November 26, 1981 the whole of Vitas area  bounded by Pier 18 in the north, Radial road 10 in the east, the Marine Slipway area in the south, and Vitas rock bulkhead in the west have been transferred and placed under the administration of the Philippine Ports Authority by virtue of Executive Order nos. 749, also signed by President Marcos.

PORT HISTORY

Construction of North Harbor begins in 1937, and during this time all domestic inter-island ships/boats of small tonnage anchors along the Pasig river banks. In 1941 Piers 2, 4, 6, and 8 have been all completed thereby shipping activities gradually shifted in the  North Harbor. Before the outbreak of hostilities in World War II,  Manila Port’s North Harbor has the following port improvements namely;

Pier 2, 4, 6, and 8, both of which had 80.43 meters wide x 220.25 meters long pier platform.

To render the docks safe for ships while at berth or during anchorage, a 1300 meters long x 3 meters wide North Harbor breakwater have been constructed, and a 179.71 meters wide dock or slipway in between these piers.

On the other hand, the completion of three other piers namely Piers 10, 12, and 14 were interrupted by the war.

 WORLD WAR II

During the escalation of war,  these harbor installation were subjected to extensive bombings, and air-raids by Japanese Invasion Forces and later by US Liberation Forces. Although compared to the nearby South Harbor, the piers along North Harbor suffered less damages due to perhaps less penetration or concentration of bombs and other explosive ordinance directed to this area. North Harbor and the rest of Manila Port were not usable for shipping until April 1945, due to harbor obstructions and port facility damages.

Immediately after the liberation of Manila,  US Corps of Engineers known as “MANED” under the consultation with the Philippine Port Commission undertook repairs to the existing piers. Damaged portions of the piers were replaced with timber deck on timber piles, some piers were lengthened by providing additional berthing spaces at both end. Obstruction to navigation along the channel leading to this piers where removed while dredging of the channels are conducted by the elements of US Army, and the Navy.

On September of 1947, US Army then turned over the North Harbor facilities to the Philippine Government. The Division of Ports and Harbors of the Bureau of Public Works took charge of the construction, repair, and maintenance of this pier.

 PMO  NORTH HARBOR

The Port Management Office-North Harbor (PMO – NH) were created on July 1988, as one of the port management offices under the administrative and operational jurisdiction of the Port District Office of Manila. PDO Manila as it was known, on the other hand, is one of the five (5) major port district offices under the Philippine Ports Authority, a government–owned corporation created under Presidential Decree No. 505 dated 11th of July 1974, as amended by Presidential Decree No. 857 and further amended by Executive Order Nos. 513, 546 and 159.

PMO-North Harbor is headed by a Port Manager and has full jurisdiction over the following:

Piers 2 (Negros Navigation) and Isla Puting Bato.

MV Asuncion docked here at Isla Puting Bato Port

Pier 4 (Gothong Southern, and North Harbor Tugs Corp.).

Pier 6 (MORETA Shipping Lines, Romblon Shipping Lines).

M/V 7107 Island Cruise at Pier 6.

M/V 7107 Island Cruise at Pier 6.

 Pier 8 (Solid Shipping Lines).

 Pier 10 (Lorenzo Shipping Lines and Gothong Lines).

 Pier 12 PSACC (former Sulpicio Lines).

 Pier 14 (Oceanic Lines, Loadstar Shipping Lines).

 Pier 16 (Escano Shipping Lines).

 Pier 18 Vitas Port.

Marine Slip Way (MSW).

Harbour Centre Port Terminal

Harbour Centre Port Terminal

The Harbour Centre Port Terminal (HCPTI) on the other hand, is a  private commercial  port  located North of Pier 18 in Vitas Tondo, several meters from the former dumpsite of the metro known and  identified as Smokey mountain (dumpsite of the Metro in the 80’s and 90’s). HCPTI has a spacious 79 hectares  facilities that complements the government owned ports particularly North and South  Harbor. The Harbour Centre Port  facilities handles cold/ hot rolled coils, wire rod coils, H-beams, Steel pipes and billets, grains and non-grains, rice, fertilizers, and raw sugar shipped from foreign or domestic sources.  Its Geographical coordinates consist of the following:

   14°37’55″N   120°57’1″E.

PPA Board Resolution Nos. 1976 issued on November 13, 2003 allows Harbour Port (formerly R-II Builders, Inc.) to operate only as foreign non-containerized cargoes, and non-containerized vessels. In addition to that,  it also granted to operate as a commercial private port and accommodate all types of domestic vessels and cargoes. Prior to the entry of Harbour Centre Port Terminal in 1996, PPA were the only operator of the Ports of Manila.

Meanwhile, there are two significant events brought about major changes in the operations of PMO-North Harbor. First on June 19, 2000,  jurisdiction over the Terminal Ports of Lamao and Mariveles in the Province of Bataan were transferred from PMO North Harbor to PMO – Bataan. Second major changes was on the 16th of April 2000, wherein Port Authority- precipitated by a threat of strike, issued PPA Memorandum Order No. 07-2000 creating the North Harbor Port Services (NHPS) that took over the operations of four private cargo handling operators, namely:

  1. United Dockhandlers, Inc. formerly servicing Piers 6, 12, 14 and 16;
  2. Pier 8 Arrastre and Stevedoring formerly servicing Pier 8;
  3. Veterans Shipyard Corporation, formerly servicing Marine Slipway (MSW);
  4. Interport Stevedoring and Arrastre Services, formerly servicing Isla Puting Bato (IPB).

The government’s National Port Plan were conceptualized during early years of North Harbor’s existence were it said it will developed its capability to handle large domestic vessels, construction of sufficient back-up/storage facilities  to accomodate  large  volume of container vans, and other cargoes. Passenger terminals and container facilities along Pier 2 (Negros Navigation), Pier 4 (Aboitiz), Pier 6 and 8 (Gothong, Sweet Lines, and Moreta Shipping Lines), Pier 12 (Sulpicio Lines), and Pier 14  (William Lines) were then constructed and/or improved to meet the needs of port users and sea-going customers.

In 1999, as a result of the increased cargo and vessel traffic, PMO North Harbor generated gross revenues of P468.3 million or P20 million more than the 1998 revenues.

NORTH HARBOR STATISTICS

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

SHIPCALLS

7,650

4,967

5,284

5,329

PASSENGER TRAFFIC

1,116,662

821,983

728,662

766,942

CARGO THROUGHPUT in m.t (Domestic & Foreign)

17,406,085

16,146,329

18,442,473

19,174,424

CONTAINERS (teu)

638,263

553,548

771,603

865,726

Source: PPA /Port Statistics 

VESSEL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

On June of 2006 marks the completion and official turn-over to Port District Office- Manila, of the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS). The said project aims  to establish a system of identifying, tracking, monitoring of all marine vessel activities, and to promote safer, more efficient navigation. The VTMS Project began in May of 2004 immediately with the award of the contract to F.F. Cruz/Japan Radio Co. The completed facilities in three locations-  the MICT, Manila North Harbor, and Corregidor Island. It consist of a six-story building with 42 meters structural steel tower, 18-meter cylindrical concrete structure with electronic and generator room, and a 35-meter cylindrical concrete structure with three-story building at the highest.

 PRIVATIZATION PROJECT

Philippine Ports Authority awarded the P14.5-billion, 25-years modernization project (renewable for another 25 years) to the sole bidder Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI)- a joint venture between  Harbour Centre Port Holdings Inc. (HCPHI) and a diversified conglomerate of San Miguel Corporation, on the 19th of November 2009. Took over commenced on the 12th of April 2010, or five months after the contract were signed between the parties involved.

The said project will modernize the Manila North Harbor through the operation and management of its various facilities serviced by MNHPI as port operator, in a build-operate-transfer (BOT) term arrangement with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). The project aims include among others:

  1. The development (Construction) of world class terminal facilities, including the provision of the state-of-the-art equipment, and guarantee the repair and maintenance of the said equipment and facilities without any cost to the government.

  2. To achieve the maximum level of port efficiency at the most reasonable and competitive price in the provision of port services to the port users and the general public.

  3. To allocate funds for the amortization of existing loans for North Harbor and attain/sustain reasonable return on the PPA investment in all facilities.

Scenic view of Pier 4 before its improvement

Scenic view of Pier 4 before its improvement (Year: 2011).

On June of 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony were held for the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB)- it aimed to consolidate passenger operations within the confines of Pier 2 and 4. The said project would also replaced the old passenger terminal building found in Pier 4, which used to be the based of operation of former shipping giant the William Gothong, and Aboitiz Inc. (W G & A) during their merger in 1995.

Upon completion, the sprawling North Port Passenger Terminal Complex is considered the country’s most modern facility of its kind, built solely by Manila North Harbour Port Inc. (MNHPI); it aimed to promote safety and security, convenience and efficiency, and most especially comforts for its passengers and other port users. Designed to conform International Standards, the said terminal complex (cost around P200 million to build) is located in a 12,000-square meters complex  were a  two-story fully air-conditioned main building that houses  a 1,900 seating capacity expandable to 3,800 seating capacity.

Passenger amenities also includes a prayer room; a play room; nursing and diaper-change rooms; a clinic, and food kiosk while awaiting for boarding calls. Security equipment in the form of x-ray baggage scanners matching the norms in the airline sector are among other features. Outside the building are ticketing area/concessions,  spacious drop-offs, and parking area for motor vehicles.

Scenic view of Pier 4 after its improvement. (Year:2013)

Scenic view of Pier 4 after its improvement. (Year:2013)

After a year of construction, it held an initial soft opening on May of 2013. Six months after, on November of the same year the said passenger terminal was inaugurated by officers of MNHPI, and government officials led by Department of Transportation Secretary Emilio Abaya.

On related upgrading of the North Harbor facilities,  MNHPI’s  P7.8-billion investments on port infrastructure, equipment and information technology is ongoing. A 480 million pesos worth of cargo handling equipment have been recently  delivered at the port- this were two units of container cranes to complement the port’s existing two units, whereas the 12 rubber-tired gantry cranes are set to arrive early next year.

North Harbor’s 53-hectare facility can accommodate over 300 vessels a month or almost 4000 ships yearly, with zero queuing time as it offers a total of 46 berths and 660 meters of which is a continuous quay lane, served by container cranes with state of the art computerized operations including the latest Navis SPARCS-N4 or Synchronous Planning and Real Time Control System, a globally recognized terminal operating system developed by Navis Corporation of Oakland, California.


Refferrences:

  1. MANILA NORTH HARBOUR PORT, INC.
  2. http://www.ip3.org/pub/publication014.htm
  3. Competition Policy and Regulation in Ports and Shipping by Gilberto M. Llanto, Enrico L.  Basilio and Leilanie Basilio
  4. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTPHILIPPINES/Resources/Basilio.pdf 
  5. Philippine Ports Authority/Port Statistics 
  6. http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=//2009/november/20/news7.isx&d=/2009/november/20
  7.  http://www.coa.gov.ph/2000_AAR/GOCCs/PPA/PPA-PMO-NH_es00.htm
  8. http://reklamo.ph/ppa/
  9. Port of Manila and other Philippine Ports, Yearbook 1949.
  10. Philippine Ports Authority

Further reading:

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTPHILIPPINES/Resources/DB12-Portsandshippingpolicybrief-June29.pdf

Featured Philippine Ports: The Manila South Harbor


Manila bay sunset

Manila bay sunset as viewed here at South Harbor.

PORT OF MANILA

Being a maritime nation sea transports are the major means of moving various goods, and people from one island province to another. Majority of these products, and materials are either exported or imported to/from this country thru maritime exchanges. During early existence of Port of Manila, its transformation  from being the important trading center during galleon trade, to the “Trade center of the Pacific” during American colonialism, has been very significant in the eyes of experts.

Manila Port or Port of Manila as it was called today, is presently the country’s foremost gateway to foreign commerce, and is considered one of important maritime hub in Asia-Pacific region; and was envisioned by experts to be the alternative maritime center to Hongkong and Singapore.

Port Distance in Nautical Miles.

Iloilo City 340
Cebu City 392
Surigao City 459
Cagayan de Oro City 504
Davao City 821
Hong Kong SAR 637
Singapore 1,310
Japan 1,783

The Port of Manila is divided by the following sectors, namely:

  1. South Harbor (Baseport)
  2. North Harbor (Baseport)
  3. Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)
  4. Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) 

The above listed Port Terminals are the core of Ports of Manila, and both administered by Philippine Ports Authority; a government owned and controlled corporation duly authorized by the law to develop and manage public ports, regulate port services, selection of port operators, and determination of collection levies for port related services. [1]

PORT OF ENTRY:  The Manila South Harbor 

Manila South Harbor facility is one of 123 government owned ports administered by the Philippine Ports Authority. It is a multi-cargo port with modern five-finger type pier, which handles all types of cargo, including containers, bulk cargo, break-bulk, general cargo, and vehicles. Bulk cargoes are handled at berth and at designated anchorages. South Harbor handles large chunks of international shipping traffic in the country, with annual capacity of 820,000 more or less container vans.

Former Manila Port Terminal now the office of PMO-South Harbor.

Former Manila Port Terminal now the office of PMO-South Harbor.

Port Management of South Harbor (PMO-South Harbor) is under the direct management of the Port District of Manila(PDO-Manila/North Luzon). Whereas Terminal Management Office of Pasig (TMO-Pasig) located along the Pasig river falls under the jurisdiction of PMO South Harbor.

 Port’s vehicular/pedestrian access

Main approach is through Bonifacio drive, a six lane highway of  which has accessed to the North harbor and Manila International Container Port in Tondo via Delpan bridge. The said highway also link major cities in the south like Pasay, Paranaque, and Cavite thru Roxas boulevard (formerly Dewey boulevard). Entrance to the harbor is through the four gates found at 25th street (Eva Macapagal Super Terminal, Gate 1), 16th street,13th street(Roberto S. Oca Sr. Gate), and 8th street.

Port  Characteristics

Territorial AreaSouth Harbor has been extended eastward up to Bonifacio drive, by virtue of Executive Order No. 321 issued last March 17, 1988. [2] The expansion resulted in an increased of jurisdictional area by about 26.9 hectares from 58 hectares for a total of 85 hectares excluding wharf zone. Its shoreline is protected by some 10,000 feet of rock barriers enclosing about 600 hectares of anchorage.

Geographical Coordinates:

Latitude – 14° 36.2″ N

Longitude – 120° 58.0″ E

Harbor Type:  Coastal Breakwater

Harbor Sized:  Large

Water Depth:

CHANNEL 31 – 35 feet
9.4 – 10 meters
ANCHORAGE 16 – 20 feet
4.9 – 6.1 meters
CARGO PIER 36 – 40 feet
11 – 12.2 meters
OIL TERMINAL 26 – 30 feet
7.1 – 9.1 meters

Source: World Port Source. [3]

 Port Topography

South Harbor directly faces Manila Bay, a semi-enclosed estuary facing the West Philippine Sea, and regarded as one of the best natural harbors in the pacific. Manila bay serves as the major navigational lane that accommodates all type of maritime vessels, large or small type. Container/Bulk ships coming from domestic and international port mostly dominates the sea-lanes of Manila bay; bringing with them raw materials, and/or finish goods to support the entire populace of the metro, and the entire country as well.  The bay, can be approached through an 18 kilometers wide channel  in which Corregidor, El Fraile Island, and Caballo Islands are situated. Manila bay is surrounded by Bataan Peninsula to the west, and Cavite to the south.

 Entrance Channel

South Harbor's south breakwater

South Harbor’s south breakwater

South Harbor's west breakwater

South Harbor’s west breakwater

The fairway (navigational channel) of South Harbor is about 200 meters wide and 3,000 meters long. It runs through an opening about 300 meters wide between the South and West breakwaters. The depth of the channel is approximately 11.6 meters below mean low water (MLW) or deeper along its full length. [4]

Port Facilities

Pier 3: For container vessels only, with five (5)  berths;

Pier 5: For general cargo vessel with seven (7) berths, and  18.2 hectares of container yard space; it is the primary area for container operations.

Between Pier 3, and Pier 5 is a beaching point where amphibious vessel docks. Across Pier 3 is a barge pool capable of accommodating 30 barges/lighters at any given time. [5]

Barge used to haul liquid cargo to and from Pasig River.

Barge used to haul liquid cargo to and from Pasig River.

Barging operations are regularly conducted along Pasig river. Tugs usually pulls one or two barges containing  liquid bulk like fuel, oil, chemicals, molasses, as well as wheat, and other agricultural raw products. These products coming  from either vessels moored/or anchored along South Harbor, and then transported to several manufacturing establishment found along the banks of Pasig river. [6]

Pier 9: For general cargo vessel with one (1) berth, with a total lenght of 320 meters and 10.5 meters draft.

Pier 13 South Harbor

Pier 13 South Harbor

Pier 13  formerly owned and operated by United States government for the exclusive used of its Army, and Navy vessel during post war era, are now assigned as special anchorage area for Philippine Coast Guard’s search and rescue (SAR) vessels; so does the vessel namedAng Pangulo, a then former presidential yacht (now assigned as BRP Pag-asa, and turned to a naval auxiliary vessel). A roll-on roll-off ramp can also be found in between Pier 13 and Pier 9.

Ferry service terminal on the other hand is located at slip between Pier 13 and Pier 15. It serve as landing point for small craft for ship crew, quarantine and custom officer, ship agents, and other passenger going to and from vessel at anchorage. A pilot boarding station is also located in this area. [6]

South Harbor's Pier 15

South Harbor’s Pier 15

Pier 15   has five berths suited for containerized roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) and load-on, load-off (lo-lo) operations. In this pier is the location of Eva Macapagal Super Terminal or EMST, it used to be the domestic passenger terminal when North Harbor is under going improvements. EMST by the way is popularly known as the home, and base of operation for Aboitiz Superferry- before it was acquired by Negros Navigation. Pier 15 also provides berthing facilities for cruise ships and visiting warships.

China Clipper landing marker found in Luneta Park, just a few meters from Manila Hotel.

China Clipper landing marker found in Luneta Park, just a few meters from Manila Hotel.

The headquarters of Philippine Coast Guard, can also be found here, whilst the towering Manila Hotel a stone throw away from  Muelle de San Francisco can be seen and access through a few minutes of walk . Further ahead,  maybe a hundreds of a meters from the wharf of Manila hotel-where MS Philippines  (sold as scrap two years ago)- is the location of a marker of a China Clipper seaplane landing on 29th of February 1935, see above photos.

The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal   started its operation in 2003, and  is named after the late first lady of  former President Diosdado Macapagal. These passenger terminal building is one of the country’s biggest, and most expensive passenger terminal with modern and high-tech facility, with first class amenities that caters Cruise Ship passengers to date. These 2,878 square meters facility have a 1,700 seating capacity, with fully air-conditioned lounge complete with food and beverage kiosk for hungry passengers awaiting for boarding calls; TV sets, public address system, public telephone booths, clean rest rooms, ticketing booths and a clinic with qualified medical personnel are also provided for the convenience of travelers. [7]

A view of Manila South Harbor Anchorage

A view of Manila South Harbor Anchorage

Anchorages  There are four  anchorage basins in South Harbor and are assigned as A, B, C, and Q anchorage.  A anchorage  can be found  within the confines of the South and West breakwaters;  anchorage B and C are both outside the breakwaters. Anchorage Q on the other hand can be located far off-shore, and is exclusively used for Port’s Quarantine requirements.

Port Operator

ATI Office Building located at Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor Manila.

ATI Office Building located at Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor Manila.

Asian Terminals Inc. (controlled by Dubai’s DP World) a premier seaport and logistic investor, developer, and operator in the country is the sole container terminal and multi-cargo operator of South Harbor.

Contracted by Philippine Ports Authority to render container/cargo handling services since 1992,  ATI has been awarded a new 25 year extension to its contract to “manage, develop, maintain, operate, and render container terminal handling, stevedoring, arrastre, storage, porterage, passenger terminal management, and other related services” at South Harbor until May 18, 2038.[8]

The company utilizes seven Quay Cranes (35.5 to 55 tons capacity), 19 Rubber tired Gantry Cranes (40 to 40.6 tons capacity), three Reachstackers (42 to 45 tons capacity), side-loaders, and floating crane among others.

Facilities includes six (6) international container berth (Pier 3 and 5) with total area of 5,000 sq. meters. Nine (9) general cargo berths (Pier 5 and 9), and one (1) domestic cargo/passenger terminal (Pier 15).

Manila South Harbor Statistics

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

CARGO in m.t.

(Foreign&Domestic)

12,094,491

11,235,172

10,734,949

12,958,525

12,612,780

11,130,626

Passenger Traffic

(Embark/Dis-embark)

1,401,648

1,270,950

1,116,662

1,004,780

816,839

161,500

Shipcalls

(Domestic/Foreign)

8,177

7,889

7,650

7,810

7,496

5,671

Containers handled

(Domestic/Foreign)

880,789

846,478

838,950

988,268

976,843

1,014,500

Source: @ppa.com.ph/port statistics [9].

 Port History

Pre-World War II

The development of Philippine trade by Spanish regime ended upon the American occupations. In succeeding years of Commonwealth government, Manila was then open to foreign trade with freer and more liberal economic system-thereby increasing the domestic and foreign trade traffic.

Trade under the American administration were prosperous,  Manila then enjoyed one of the most flourishing trades in the Orient; overseas commerce steadily increased with United States represent as major trading country. With its port facilities in Pasig river which are too small, a plan to create port facilities along Manila Bay was envisioned by Americans; and in 1937, renovation of the South Harbor begins. Port construction includes installation of warehouses to accommodate large volume of cargoes, construction of  berthing space for ocean going vessel, and construction of new Custom house replacing the old Aduana building located in Pasig river; but the said construction was cut short due to the outbreak of World War two.

Prior to the war, South harbor had four finger piers and a marginal wharf for  ocean going vessels  of deep drafts. One of these piers were considered during that time as “One of the finest in the world and the longest in the far east”. [10]

Shipping facilities of South Harbor during Pre-war period

Manila harbor comprises an anchorage area of about 1,250 acres of the Manila bay partially enclosed and well protected by a rock-breakwater wall.

Pier 1;  is exclusively owned, and operated by the United States Government for the exclusive use of its Army and Navy vessels. Whereas the harbors, piers, wharves, and equipment installed at ports are owned, administered, and controlled by the commonwealth government thru Manila Harbor board.

Piers 3, 5, and 7; complete with modern cargo-handling equipment consisting of electric heavy lift crane, interior electric hoist, electric tractor,  piped provision for fresh water, and bunker fuel oil among others are both available for Cargo/Passenger carrying vessels. [11]

 The aftermath of World War II

During early stage of the war, these harbor installations particularly the South Harbor are subject to intense bombing raids by Japanese invasion forces, and later by the U.S Liberation forces.

At the end of the war sunken vessels littered the entire harbor. Many of the port facilities suffered extensive damages rendering them not useable to shipping activities.

Immediately after the liberation of the entire country, the commonwealth government started the repair and clearing works for Manila harbor particularly the South harbor facilities. Under Rehabilitation Act of 1946 (Public Law 370, passed by US Congress), funds were allocated for the rehabilitation for Port of Manila under supervision of a branch of the U.S. Corps of Engineer who undertakes all phases of the works in consultation with the Philippine Port Commission.

Obstructions to navigation along Manila bay leading to this pier were removed, and dredge works along the channel particularly near the mouth of Pasig River were conducted by the U.S. Army, and U.S Navy Engineers. [12]


References:

1. Philippine Ports Authority

2.  Executive Order No. 321

3. http://www.worldportsource.com/ports/portCall/PHL_Port_of_Manila_1947.php

4.   http://www.ppa.com.ph/South%20Harbor/south_aboutUs_southHarbor.htm

5.  http://www.supermanning.com/Manila.htm

6.  Philippine Ports: Gateway to Maritime Trade 2004

7. Eva Macapagal Super Terminal

8. ATI extend cargo handling… Manila Bulletin (10/20/07)

9. Philippine Port Authority/Port Statistics

10. Port of Manila and other Philippine Ports. Yearbook 1949.

11.  Port of Manila: Trade Center of the Pacific, Yearbook 1939.

12. Port of Manila and other Philippine Ports, Yearbook 1949.

Further reading: Competition Policy and Regulation in Ports and Shipping, Philippine Institute of Development Studies by Gilberto M. Llanto et. al