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PH to host 5th BIMP-EAGA HOSS Meeting

Posted on July 1, 2013 by  |   No Comments

MANILA, Philippines – The Republic of the Philippines, through the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), will be hosting the 5th BIMP-East Asia Growth Area (EAGA) Head of Security Sector Meeting on July 4 and 5 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines (BIMP) will convene on the subjects Security Action Plan on Non Convention Vessels (NCV), Non Conventions Sized Ships (NCSS), Simplified Security Assessment Checklist, Simplified Plan from Secondary Ports and Capacity Enhancements for Local Port Security Officials.
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Philippine RORO Ships and Main Trade Routes

Posted on March 15, 2013 by  |   No Comments

Introduction. For several years, as a child who lived in Mactan and studied in Cebu, I took a ferry everyday to get from one island to the next, and back. As soon as the car rolled into the ferry and parked, I would get off the car and climb up the narrow stairs leading up to the captain’s wheel and I would sit on the metal ledges that extended from the side rails. The perspective from the tower gave me an amazing view of both islands, and fresh sea breeze. Sometimes, I would time the ferry ride, and I found it quite remarkable to be like clockwork. The ferries were run so efficiently that I was never late for class. On a national scale, many Filipino businessmen and vacationers have long dreamt of traveling across the three main regions —Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao— contiguously contiguously. However, the lack of connecting bridges and roads leading to ports needed to be addressed. Also, the ROROs, ferries and barges would need to meet maritime regulations to ensure safety at sea, especially on the longer distance routes. In recent years, this dream has been taking form and now seems almost within grasp with visible government support. Of course at the heart of this dream is the role of the RORO to ferry the cars, cargo, and passengers from island to island. Yet without the appropriate ports and road infrastructure for land transportation, the main nautical connectivity called the RORO Central Spine remains a dream.   read more

Growth in container port traffic in Asia

Posted on January 15, 2013 by  |   No Comments

Container port traffic measures the flow of containers from land to sea transport modes, and vice versa,  in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a standard-size container.  This indicator refers to coastal shipping as well as international journeys.  Transshipment traffic is counted as two lifts at the intermediate port (once to off-load and again as an outbound lift) and includes empty units.

Although China, Singapore and Hong Kong continue to show the highest container port traffic (in TEUs) in Asia, other Asian countries have registered higher growth rates than the top three.

Growth of container port traffic in the Philippines and Sri Lanka was 10.6% as of end 2012 compared to their 2002 levels.  In contrast, Korea improved by 6.4%, Pakistan 10.9%, China 12.6%, Indonesia  13.0%, Malaysia 13.9%, Bangladesh 24.3%, India 27.1%, and Vietnam which posted the highest growth of 36.2% in container port traffic among Asian countries over the same period.

The other Asian countries that registered lower container port traffic (in TEUs) as of end 2012 compared to their 2002 levels were Thailand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Data Source:  World Development Indicators, World Bank

Asia-Pacific Strategic Mutual Trust: New Approaches and Ideas

Posted on November 12, 2012 by  |   No Comments

I will delve on a topic I developed for the 4th Xiangshan Forum held in Beijing, China on Nov 16-18, 2012 covering new approaches and ideas for strategic mutual trust in the Asia-Pacific region. This is essentially a summary of my paper, with citations deleted for brevity.

Strategic Mutual Trust

While not exclusive to the two major players in the current competition for strategic influence in the Asia-Pacific, the term “Strategic Mutual Trust” has been lately related more to the development of confidence building between the United States and China, and rightly so, since current instability in East Asia seems to have a distinct connection between two perceptions: that rising China wants to increase its military power in order to extend its hegemony beyond its borders, and that the United States wants to retain its hegemony and influence and intends to contain China’s growing influence. read more

Subic Bay: Asia’s Emerging Logistics and Investments Hub

Posted on July 9, 2012 by  |   No Comments

Subic Bay Maritime Conference & Exhibit

Conference highlights logistics, investments opportunities at Subic Bay

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in cooperation with the Subic Bay International Terminal Corp is organizing the Subic Bay Maritime Conference & Exhibit on August 23-24, 2012 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic Bay Gateway Park.

In 2011, container throughput in Subic reached 27,600 twenty-foot equivalent units, a growth of 7.8 percent over 2010 and the highest volume recorded since 2007.

Themed “Subic Bay: Asia’s Emerging Logistics and Investments Hub,” the conference highlights the Freeport zone’s attractions as an investment and logistics hub and as gateway to Asia’s expanding market.

In 2011, container throughput in Subic reached 27,600 twenty-foot equivalent units, a growth of 7.8 percent over 2010 and the highest volume recorded since 2007.

The Subic Bay Maritime Conference & Exhibit is expected to attract more than 300 investors, shippers, and logistics and supply chain executives and will look at the advantages of Subic as a vital investment area for shipping and logistics companies.
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Scarborough 101

Posted on June 5, 2012 by  |   3 Comments

The seemingly complex issue of the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal dispute is actually a no-brainer if China would ignore unsubstantiated claims of its ancient mapmakers that the whole of the South China Sea is part of China. One ancient map even included the Sulu Archipelago as part of China.

China's South China Sea Claim or Nine Dash Line

China's South China Sea Claim

Should we thus blame also the Captain of the HMS Challenger and other western cartographers for naming the South China Sea as such? But no, while they did so, western cartographers actually never placed the South China Sea and particularly the Spratly Islands as belonging to anyone. The exception is France, which claimed parts of it as being French possessions, but not actually taking control except for the Paracels, which were forcibly taken from its successor-in-interest, Vietnam by China in 1974. The good thing in our favor in the case of France is that its maps agreed with Spanish maps that identified Scarborough Shoal as Bajo de Masinloc. Aside from that Vietnam had also taken over after the Vietnam War some other areas in the Spratlys that were not occupied or temporarily abandoned by us. read more

China Maritime Week 2012: The Nautical Institute – Hong Kong Branch Seminar

Posted on January 16, 2012 by  |   No Comments

The Hong Kong branch of the Nautical Institute will be holding an afternoon seminar during China Maritime Week on March 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The topic of the seminar is ‘Challenges of Electronic Navigation’, and the event will address the most significant paradigm shift in navigation in recent times. An excellent line-up of speakers has already been confirmed. read more

Koji Sekimizu of Japan is new IMO Secretary General

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   No Comments

Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan, who is currently Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division has been elected as the Secretary- General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for a 4-year term effective 1 January 2012. Sekimizu edged out five other candidates, including our own Neil Frank Ferrer and the nominees of the Re- public of Korea, Spain, USA and Cyprus.

The vote took place during the 106th session of the IMO Council (of 40 members), from 27 June to 1 July 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted for approval to the 169-member IMO Assembly’s 27th session, which meets from 21 to 30 November 2011.

Mr. Koji Sekimizu becomes IMO Secretary- General following a pattern initially set by his predecessor, Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, who expressed his best wishes, looking for- ward to “working closely with Mr. Sekimizu between now and the end of the year to introduce him to the current state of organizational affairs so that the transition of administration from me to him will be as smooth, harmonious and successful as possible. “ read more

DOTC bares P5 billion infrastructure plan

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Department of Transportation and Communications secretary Man­uel Roxas II has unveiled a 5-year P565 billion infrastructure plan including the continuation of the controversial North Rail project.

Additional mass transit systems such as the MRT is only one the many projects that is set to be imposed by the DOTC

Speaking before a briefing organized by the Makati Business Club recently, Roxas said the project is aimed at providing reliable, safe, and affordable public transportation sys­tem nationwide.

The projects, meanwhile, include the 11.7 km LRT 1 Baclaran to Cavite and the LRT 2 Santolan, Pasig to Masinag, Antipolo ex­tension rail projects; the re-configured North Rail project; the establishment of internation­al airports in Puerto Princesa, Laguindigan, Misamis Oriental and Panglao, Bohol; the de­velopment of ports in Davao, and the roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) projects linking China with either the Subic and Batangas ports. read more

Mata: Memoirs of a Master Mariner

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   No Comments

FVR endorsed the reading of the good cap­tain’s book Mata: Memoirs of a Master Mar­iner. The book is an intimate and candid read about his childhood, up to the time he first boarded a ship at the age of 17 and until he first set up his own company. A poignant and revealing story that not only chronicled the growth of the country’s crewing industry but also the country’s development through ship­ping.. As the old salt says, “that was the time of wooden ships and iron men..”

Seafarer communications lacking at ports–report

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   No Comments

The International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) has pub­lished a report on seafarer access to communications technology in port, which it claims is “taking a back seat because of high investment costs and ports’ concerns about security.”

The Developments in New Technology & Implications for Seafarers’ Welfare report was commissioned by ICSW in order to learn more about how port-wide Wi-Fi and WiMAX services are helping seafar­ers to maintain closer contact with home.

A survey found that 32 per cent of respondents had port-wide Wi-Fi and 10 per cent had port-wide WiMAX. Wi-Fi typically offers a maximum range of 50m indoors and 100m outdoors while WiMAX provides wireless reception over greater distances. read more

New Maersk service boosts Philippine shipper’s service to Europe, Asia

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Maersk Line, the world’s largest containerized cargo carrier, has provided Philippine shippers uninter­rupted service to Europe and other ports in Asia with the introduction of a new service. Dubbed as Daily Maersk, the service offers daily cut-offs from different strategic ports in Asia and fixed transportation time providing unprecedented frequency and absolute reliability.

In a statement Maersk Line Philippines explained that while cut-off in different ports in the country remain once a week, customers will enjoy improved transportation time in general.

In the Philippines, Maersk Line calls at the ports of Manila, Davao, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos and connect it to North Europe via Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

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US Megaport Initiative to be expanded to Cebu

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   No Comments

The United States government is set to provide more nuclear and radiation detection equipment to the Philippine government to be deployed to ports in Manila and Cebu by next year.

Christian Gonzalez (right), ICTSI vice president and MICT general manager, receiving a plaque of recognition from Kimberly Prono, country manager for the Second Line of Defense Megaports Initiative of the US DoE National Nuclear Security Administration Office.

According to Kim Prono, a representative of the US Department of Energy, the move is meant to increase security measures at the coun­try’s major ports, to prevent nuclear proliferation and combat nuclear smuggling.

Prono said that the additional equipment will be deployed to the major port facilities operated by the Cebu Ports Authority and also to the berth 6 of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), which is still under construction. read more

MICT gets 8 new RTGs to support new berth operation

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International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) will soon take delivery of eight brand new rubber tired gantries (RTG) to support the Manila International Container Terminal’s (MICT) new Berth 6 operation that is scheduled for early next year.

An investment worth $10.7 million, the new RTGs will arrive in two batches beginning June next year in time for the startup of Berth 6, another multi-million dollar investment.

The order will raise the terminal’s RTG fleet from the current 37 to 45, the largest RTG fleet in the Philippines and among the other ICTSI-operated terminals worldwide. Furthermore, this investment, together with the start-up of Berth 6, will raise the MICT’s current annual ca­pacity of 1.9 million TEUs to 2.5 million TEUs. The MICT is ICTSI’s flagship operation. read more

Hanjin to expand Subic yard

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   30 Comments

Philippines largest shipyard operator Hanjin Heavy Industries-Philippines (HHIP) has reserved an additional 150 hectares of land for the expansion of its Subic yard in its bid to handle swelling orders for new buildings as well as other projects.

The expansion, which has an estimated investment cost of about $1 billion, is being geared towards the platform for the new Malampaya exploration project.

It is also designed to accommodate additional new building orders after the order books for new buildings became very active again in the early part of this year. read more

China-Asean Free Trade Area: Its Potentials

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The PBGEC was established in July 2006 to reinforce the strategic partnership between China and ASEAN, boost bilateral and sub-regional economic cooperation, and speed up economic integration under the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) framework.

The overall objective of the 6th Forum, as with the five previous annual meetings, is the development of stronger ties between ASEAN and China. read more

Magsaysay Maritime bags Lloyd’s List Global 2011 Training Award

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Magsaysay Maritime Corporation was awarded the Training Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2011 held at the London Hilton Park Lane

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation President Marlon Roño and Matthew Parris

Hotel on September 20.

The Lloyd’s List Global Awards is one of the most acclaimed recog­nition for achievements made by members of the maritime industry covering Port Operator, Ship Operator, Amver Assisted Rescue at Sea, Safety, Training, Environment, Maritime Lawyer of the Year, Corpo­rate Social Responsibility, Ship Financier, Innovation, Seafarer of the Year, Company of the Year, Newsmaker of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Over 500 personalities from the global maritime industry attended the awards night dinner. read more

Stakeholders presses government to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006

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Stakeholders in the maritime industry has again called on the Philippine government to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006) in order that it will be one of the thirty ratifying countries re­quired for the convention to take effect.

The campaign for the early ratification MLC2006 is the focus of this year’s celebration of the 16th National Seafarers’ Day and the 3rd Na­tional Maritime Week.

Under Proclamation No.1049 issued in 1997 by then president Fidel V. Ramos, the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) was tasked to coordinate with the public and private sector in activities related to the National Seafarers’ Day during the last Sunday of September every year. This year’s 16th National Seafarers’ Day celebration fell on September 25, 2011with the theme “Marinong Pilipino: Lakas ng Pagkakaisa!” It embodies the unified attitude of the Filipino Seafarers’ ideals, morals and cause.

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COMPASS Training Center conducts first ever Danish Medical Care course in the Philippines

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In yet another pioneering endeavour, Compass Training Center recently held the first ever Danish Medical Care Course in the Philippines last August 29, with a pilot class of 12 participants from TORM Philippines.

The course was a huge success and was conducted by Mr Rene Gyaard and Mr Kent Jensen, experienced nurses and licensed by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).

The Course is significant to Filipino seafarers who are Masters and/or designated medical officers on­board all Danish flagged vessels, as it is mandatory and required by the Danish government, whose man­date is taken from the Danish Legislation itself. This legislation has been endorsed already since the 90s, but only Danish nationals who comply with it as dur­ing that time Danish shipowners was still not open to other foreign seafarers. read more

New program set to assist seafarers and families affected by piracy

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   18 Comments

A new program set to help seafarers and their families cope with the physical and mental trauma caused by torture and abuse at the hands of pirates is being launched in London, UK today.

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and The TK Foundation, is chaired by Peter Swift, formerly managing director of shipping industry body INTER­TANKO. The programme speaks for an alli­ance of ship-owners, trade unions, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare asso­ciations representing the entire shipping in­dustry, from crews to owners.

L to R: Cyrus Mody, International Maritime Bureau; Chirag Bahri, held hostage by pirates; Andy Wimbow, IMO; Rear Admiral Ort, Nato HQ; Dr Marion Gibson, pyschosocial consultant [Photo: ITF Seafarers’ Trust: Rob Murray

It aims to help seafarers who have been or may be subject to pirate attack. Pirates now regularly treat hostage seafarers with extreme violence to pressurise families and employers to expedite their ransom demands. This can include phoning family members and forcing the seafarer to plead for their life while they are being abused and threatened with death, and filming and posting this online for rela­tives to see. read more

Seafarers worldwide to get pay hike by 2012

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Big smiles will really be a common sight among seafarers when the salary increase is implemented

The Philippines’ estimated 380,000 seafarers have much to cheer about as the International Bargaining Forum (IBF), International Trans­port Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) have reached the final agreement regard­ing the pay hike of sailors serving in the international merchant marine fleet.

The conclusion, which has been hard fought by both sides, resulted in a three-year deal being applied to all IBF agreements with effect from next year and includes an incremental pay over the three-year period.

The IBF said that a 2.0 percent increase will be applied on January 1, 2012, followed by a 2.5 percent increment on January 1, 2013 and the final 3.0 percent hike on January 1, 2014. read more

OSG and CTSI Clean Up Capipisa Coast

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September 17 was International Coastal Clean Up Day and OSG Ship Management Manila Inc. and Consolidated Training Systems Inc. (CTSI) joined forces to clean up a portion of the Capipisa coastline near CTSI’s Cavite training facility. Every year OSG plans an annual coastal cleanup under the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) program of Ocean Conservancy International which aims to start a sea of change helping to educate public, business and government officials about the scale and serious consequences of the global marine debris problem. The com­panies used biodegradable sacks, provided by OSG, to contain the waste. Some of the debris gathered were rubber slippers, cans, plastic waste and the like. OSG and CTSI hope that other businesses will also follow suit and create their own “sea of change” no matter how small. Photo shows (1st row: 3rd person on right side) OSG’s Managing Director Eduard Tkalcic, (4th person on right side) CTSI’s GM Raffy Joaquin , (1st person on left side) is CTSI’s CEO Eppie Joaquin.

Shipbuilding, reclamation, iron smelting are key growth areas for maritime industry: FVR

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Aside from the opportunities in shipbuilding, former President Fi­del V. Ramos identified two more growth areas for the maritime industry—reclamation and smelting.

Speaking before the members of the Mari­time League as well as other invited guest in a breakfast forum recently, Ramos stressed that foreign counterparts are not needed in these projects as it can be done “All Pinoy”.

“We don’t need the Dutch to do the reclama­tion for us since we are very capable of doing it,” Ramos said. read more

The Philippine Ports Authority forges MOA with Lyceum of the Philippines University 20

Posted on October 31, 2011 by  |   50 Comments

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in its desire to enhance and strengthen its manpower competencies and capabilities through the provision of relevant graduate studies, recently forged a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with the Lyceum of the Philippine University (LPU) through its Claro M. Recto Academy of Advanced Studies. PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana (2nd, L-R)shake hands with Atty. Roberto P Laurel (3rd, L-R) President of LPU after signing the above mentioned MOA. PPA AGM Atty. David R. Simon (left) and LPU Vice President Dr. Conrado E. Iñego, Jr witnessed the said event. With the signing of the said MOA, the PPA and the LPU agree to jointly plan, implement and collaborate in offering graduate programs in public and/or business administration to PPA employees.

Ro-Ro link between Phl and Indonesia pushed

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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is pushing for the Philippines-Indonesia Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) as a prelude to the connectivity to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ro-Ro system starting next year.

Marina said the connectivity will facilitate the seamless transport of cargo and passen­gers within the Asean economies.

Initially, Marina and its Indonesian counter­part, the Indonesian Directorate General for Sea Transport are working on identifying the ports. Initially, they have identified Zam­boanga, General Santos, and Davao. They are likewise looking at the other Mindanao ports to further connect with Indonesia. read more

IMO Aggressive to Implement Stricter Emission Norms

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a strong direc­tive to reduce the quantity of sulphur and nitrogen oxide used in fuel for tanker vessels. This directive comes after observation of the steady and continuous rise in the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the regularly used oceanic routes of the Caribbean and the Baltic Sea.

These norms are expected to be laid on those ships with GWT (Gross Weight Tonnage) of 400 tonnes and above.

At present, the prescribed limit for sulphur oxide is 4.5% which, following the applicability of the directive starting from January 2012, is required to be curtailed to about 3.5%. Over the next two decades, this limit will be further curtailed to about 0.5% after a detailed surveying in the year 2018. read more

ICTSI services largest boxship to call in Georgia

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International Container Terminal Ser- vices, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Batumi Inter- national Container Terminal (BICT) recently serviced the MSC Ukraine, the largest vessel to dock in the Black Sea coast of the Republic of Georgia.

“We are honoured to have the MSC Ukraine here as it shows our capability to service new generation vessels,” says Capt. Jan Nowak, BICT chief executive officer and general manager.

“This further boosts the position of BICT as a premier port hub in Georgia,” Nowak added. read more

Shape up to compete, Marina told domestic carriers

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Local shipping industry will continue to lose from the airline industry unless services offered by vessel operators becomes at par with that of the airlines.

In a Passenger Service Rating System (PSRS) conducted by the Mari­time Industry Authority (Marina) recommended that local liners need to shape up to compete with the domestic air carriers.

Under the PSRS, vessel operators only got a 66.71% rating which is significantly lower than that of the airlines. read more

DOLE cites 7 measures to avoid another Keppel shipyard incident

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The incident site in Keppel’s Subic yard.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recommended seven corrective measures on occupational safety and health which the Keppel Subic Shipyard, Inc management should implement to avoid the recurrence of the recent mishap in the said shipyard.

Labor and Employment Secretary Ro­salinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the seven measures by DOLE resulted from the investigation of the Department’s inspec­tion team which was deployed in the ac­cident site.

Baldoz said the long term recommenda­tions of the DOLE inspection team in­cludes accreditation of all safety officers of the company and its subcontractors; employment of at least two full time ac­credited safety practitioners who will be in-charge of implementing the safety program of the company; attending the five day Construction Safety Training conducted by the Occupational Safety and health Center (OSHC) or with accredited safety training organizations; and submission of Annual Health Safety Environment (HSE) action plan which will be approved by DOLE. read more

PPA approves, modifies North Port Terminal 1 design

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The Board of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has modified and approved the detailed development de­sign of Terminal 1 of the North Port, formerly North Harbor, submitted by operator Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI).

The Board has likewise extended the time­line in finishing the development, which only covers Terminal 1 or the provision on the Pas­senger Terminal Building (PTB) of the mod­ernization of the country’s premiere but most inefficient port.

Latest data showed that instead of having two PTBs to be located in Slip 5 and 13 of the North Port, PPA collapsed the development into only one PTB to be situated from Pier 4 to Pier 6 increasing the capacity to 1,600 persons at any given time. read more