Cagayan seaport expansion finished

By Maria Cecilia Rodriguez
Last updated 08:00am (Mla time) 07/26/2007

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has completed the expansion here of the biggest port in Mindanao, which cost the government some P250 million.


Isidro Butaslac, engineering head of the Project Management Office here, said the rehabilitation of Berths 1 to 5 was finished late last year and the construction of additional ramps will be completed this month.


“Now, we can cater to the needs of international shipping lines. The expansion will make way for more efficient movement of cargoes and the turn-around time of sea vessels will be lesser,” Butaslac said.


Its recent expansion has made the Cagayan de Oro seaport the largest seaport in Mindanao.


It covers 22 hectares of solid and reclaimed land at the center of the city, off the shores of Macajalar Bay.


The seaport handles nine international shipcalls every month, including cargo lines from the United States, Korea and Japan.


Products such as molasses or raw sugar and bananas are loaded twice a week for export to Japan and Korea.


Fertilizer and rice imports from the US are also unloaded monthly. Around 10 domestic commercial passenger lines dock at the port.


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