Featured Philippine Ports: CULASI PORT


Culasi Port

Port of Culasi

ROXAS CITY

The commercial center of the Province of Capiz, and is widely known as the  seafood capital of the Philippines. Pan-ay as it was previously called was once the municipality, but was later named Roxas City (after their greatest son Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Republic of the Philippines), a bustling city and the capital of the province of Capiz..

Roxas City is located in central east coast of Panay Island. It is bounded by the Jintotolo Channel in the north, the town of Panitan to the south, the town of Ivisan to the west, and the Municipality of Panay to the east. It is 250 nautical miles south east of Manila, and 125 kilometers northeast of Iloilo City. (1)

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Culasi

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi the first Governor-General of the Philippines instructed Capitan Diego de Artieda to establish a footing in the town of Pan-ay in 1569; upon discovering Capiz with long coastal cover and good docking facilities for trading and shipping, a pier was constructed in Libas, and later in Culasi. (2)

In 1926, Culasi Port was built to serve as trans-shipment point for inter-island vessel that carries vital products  for the people living in Capiz, and its neighboring town as well. Libas Fishing Port on the other hand, provides anchorage to fishing vessel; and serves as center for trade of marine products in the province. (3)

Then President Joseph Estrada issued  Executive Order nos. 121 on 17th of July 1999 announcing Culasi Port to be placed under the administrative jurisdiction of Philippine Ports Authority. This port is currently operated by Culasi Port Services Inc. with eight years contract to take care of cargo handling and stevedoring  requirement for the said port.(4)

Trans-Asia Shipping started a once a week trip from Cebu City to Culasi vice versa on November 26,2003; utilizing the then former M/V Asia Brunei now named M/V Grand Unity (plying Caticlan, Aklan to Roxas, Mindoro v.v). The said route was made possible by Chinese businessman in the city, to capitalized the product offered by both province. But unfortunately the said shipping services lived short as roro interconnection between the Island of Panay, Mindoro, and Batangas via Western Nautical Highway were introduced by the administration of President Arroyo on that same year. (5)

In 2008, the Port of Culasi was heavily damaged by super typhoon “FRANK” (6). A 15.2 million repair project were undertaken to restore the damaged structure. This project includes  widening of the breakwater structure from 2.8 meters to 8.5 meters x 69 meters. The said port project was finished on August of 2011. (6)

Not to be confused with the Municipality of Culasi, in Antique Province (the home of Lipata port), and Port of Culasi (serves as the entry/exit point to Victorias, Negros Occidental) in Brgy. Culasi, in the Municipality of Ajuy in the Province of Iloilo.  Culasi Port in  Roxas City is adjacent to the port of Dumaguit in New Washington, Aklan and the Port of Basiao in Ivisan, Capiz (a mere 17.450 kms away).

Barangay Culasi is a 20 minute ride to Roxas City with public utility vehicle, whereas bus terminal to Iloilo and Kalibo is about six kilometers more or less from here. Iloilo City is approximately 125 kms. away and about 158 pesos bus fare on a smooth road down south. North Harbor on the other hand is 250 nautical miles north, 19 hours ship travel for about 999 pesos minimum fare per person via M/V Love-1 of Moreta Shipping Lines. On the other hand Batangas Port is approximately 12 to 15 hours away (750 pesos fare per passenger) via Asia Marine’s Super Shuttle Roro 1.

Please do note that the said above vessel’s plan of maiden voyage on 15th of April 2012 from Batangas to Roxas via Romblon was temporarily suspended due to operational requirements yet to be accomplished by their company. But as soon as the vessel starts its operation, the scheduled voyage is reported to be at least three times a week sailing to and from Batangas. Estimated fare for trucks is 15,000 pesos, while L-300 (12 seater) van cost at around 6,000 pesos. The said vessel can accommodate 25 trucks simultaneously, with 400 pax on-board.

Also a motorized outrigger for pax and cargo also serve this Port to Kanalon in San Fernando or Cajidiocan both in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.

 HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION

Port Location:   Brgy. Culasi Roxas City, Province of Capiz

Port Name:   TMO Culasi

Port Management:  PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO-Iloilo

Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines

Phone:   (033) 337-69-45

Fax:  (033) 337-69-45

Email:   ppailo@philwebinc.com

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Latitude:   11° 36′ 10” N

Longitude:   122° 42′ 36″ E

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Total Area: 502,469.95 sq. meters

Shipping, Cargo, and Passenger statistics for 2002

Shipcalls………………………………3,116

Ave. Gross Tonnage………………680.14

Ave. Length/meters………………31.81

Cargo throughput…………………288.961

Container Traffic/TEU…………12,532

Passenger Traffic…………………296,326

Embarked…………………………151,117

Dis-Embarked……………………145,209

Note: For updated statistics for this port, please visit http://www.ppa.com

Shipping schedule from/to Roxas: You may check 2go Travel for up to date schedule between Batangas Port to Port of Culasi v.v.


 REFFERENCES:

  1. www.wikipedia.com
  2. www.ezinearticles.com
  3. www.chanrobles.com
  4. www.findarticles.com
  5. www.typhoon2000ph/stormstats/12worst
  6. www.neda-rdc6.ph/site/rpmc6/comp_port

Featured Philippine Ports: ROXAS PORT


Port of Roxas, Brgy. Dangay in the town of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro

ROXAS, ORIENTAL MINDORO

Dubbed as “The gateway to Paradise” Port of Roxas is the transient point for local and  foreign tourist, vacationers and backpackers, who want to travel in an inexpensive way to reach Caticlan- the jump-off to the world class resorts in Boracay Island.

Named after the late President Manuel Roxas, this town was formerly known as “Paclasan” originally part of the town of Bulalacao in the province of Oriental Mindoro-but later on transferred as barrio in Mansalay, before it got its present status.

The town of Roxas is accessible by all types of vehicles from the Southern and Northern parts of island via the national road. It is approximately 148 kilometers, or no less than three hours drive on a scenic and smooth road to and from the City of Calapan (jump-off to Batangas City).

The town is bounded in the north by the town of Bongabong; Tablas Strait in the east, the town of Mansalay in the south, and in the west is the portion of the town of Bongabong and Mansalay.

The town’s top industries includes Tourism, Agri-businesses, Aquaculture, and Transport services (shuttle buses and for-hire vans ferries locals, and tourist alike to and from the City of Calapan); and because of the continuous influx of travelers and cargoes transiting in this once laid back community, several commercial establishments mushroomed. This once sleepy town turned into a booming town and is fast urbanizing-it became a haven for Commerce and Eco-tourism businesses. Thanks to the development of the RORO Port and its inclusion in the Western Nautical Highway it definitely created positive growth.

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Roxas

Located in Barangay Dangay, approximately one (1) kilometer from town proper. Its geographical coordinates consist of;

LAT: 12° 35′ 30” N

LONG:  121° 30′ 45″ E

 Roxas Port form part of Philippine Ports Authority’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) project. Western Nautical Highway is consists of the RORO Ports in:

  1. Batangas
  2. Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
  3. Brgy. Dangay, Roxas Oriental Mindoro
  4. Caticlan, Malay Aklan
  5. Dumangas, Iloilo
  6. Bredco Port, Bacolod
  7. Dumaguete Negros Oriental
  8. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

SRNH’s Western Nautical project facilitated the South/North bound movement of people and goods from Batangas City all the way down to Dapitan City, and vice versa. Data from sources say’s that from 2003 to 2006, vehicular traffic in Roxas Port increased to 46,218 from 9,269. During early year’s of port’s existence  only one registered RO-RO company operating in between Caticlan-Roxas route; but by 2006 it reaches to three roro/ferry operators. To date, shipping operators grew to four with seven vessels sailing back and forth round the clock, to capitalize the steady passenger and vehicle traffic in between this two ports especially during peak season. 

Inter-modal bus exiting Roxas Port

TMO Roxas is under the jurisdiction of Port Management of  Calapan. Their facilities includes a 7,270 sq. meters of well fenced lot area. Past the entrance gate is a building that houses the Office of PPA-TMO Roxas; inside the modern and air-conditioned Passenger Terminal is the waiting lounge complete with amenities such feeding area for breastfeeding  mothers, diaper changing area, hot and cold water dispenser, cable television, and of course clean comfort room (that was clean when I used it). A food kiosk for hungry travelers are also available upstairs.

This port has a two 9×9 meter fixed protruding ramp with depth of 4.5 meters designed to accommodate roro vessels. It also has berthing space for large motorized outrigger banca that ferries passengers in the nearby Tablas Island’s capital Odiongan (approximate distance of 30 nautical miles), for minimum fare of 335 pesos per person one way.

Port of Roxas has secured parking provision for travelers called Park and Sail, so much like the one in Manila Domestic Airport. Travelers from Manila or Batangas who brought their vehicles here but doesn’t wish to bring it to Caticlan, have an option to leave it at the port’s secured parking area for a fee of not less than 40 pesos per hour.

On the other hand, President Benigno Aquino III issued on the 14th February 2014, an Executive Order nos. 158-declaring and delineating Roxas Port Zone, and placing it under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. (1)

Caticlan Jetty Port by the way is approximately 47 nautical miles from here, a four hours sailing for a minimum fare of 400 pesos per person one way. The following are shipping companies and their corresponding vessels that plies between Roxas and Caticlan (note: vessel departs every hours at most, from early in the morning until late evening).

  1. Montenegro Shipping’s M/V Reina Timotea, M/V Reina Del Cielo,  and M/V Reina de los Angeles.
  2. Starlite’s M/V Starlite Atlantic
  3. Asia Marine’s M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 18
  4. Philharbor’s (Navios Lines) M/V Grand Unity 

To view shipping schedule in between Port of Odiongan in Tablas Island and Roxas Port please do click on your mouse here: 2016 Schedules

To view shipping schedules in between Caticlan Jetty Port and Roxas Port please click your mouse here: Caticlan-Roxas  schedules

Referrence:

1. Executive Order nos. 158