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.