New Cebu port planned

New Cebu port planned

Manila: A feasibility study is underway to establish the best place to locate a new port on the island of Cebu in the middle of the Philippines. The proposed $200m facility would alleviate congestion at the present terminals in Cebu City.

Among eight sites being studied, Tayund, eight km from the existing port is deemed the most likely as it will not need dredging or land reclamation as the water alongside there is already 16 m deep. The new port will feature a container terminal as well as a general cargo facility.

The country’s surging population and antiquated infrastructure will need plenty of new terminals across the archipelago in the coming years.

Doris Ho, president and CEO of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, one of the country’s most established shipping names, urged more long term planning when it came to ports development, when speaking at an industry forum in Manila earlier this month.

“One of the problems we have in the country is that we’re only building infrastructure to achieve present demand. What we need to do is invest for future demand,” Ho said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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