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Port Overview 

Strategically located at the heart of Eastern Visayas or Region 8, Tacloban City lies along the northeastern side of the island of Leyte. Tacloban`s location and accessibility have made the city the commercial, government and political hub of the region.  

Bodies of water that surround the city are Panalaron Bay and Cancabato Bay. On its eastern shores is the San Juanico Strait - reputedly the narrowest navigable channel in the world. On the southern side the city is flanked by the waters of San Pedro Bay stretching towards Leyte Gulf. 

 

Port website:www.ppa.com.ph  

Key port information may also be found at:http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=475  


Port Location and Contact 

Country 

Philippines 

Region 

Province 

Region 8, Easter Visayas

Leyte 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port 

Tacloban 

Port's Complete Name 

Port of Tacloban 

Latitude 

11°15'0.18"N 

Longitude 

125° 0'2.75"E 

Managing Company or Port Authority 

 

Philippines Port Authorities (PPA) 

Head Office of Port Management Office Eastern Leyte / Samar (PMOELS) 

Management Contact Person 

Mr. Emiliano M Esparaguera 

Port Manager 

0533216704 

ppapmoels@gmail.com  

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent national Arrivals/Departures 

Tacloban Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (9km) 

Airlines 

Destinations 

Cebu Pacific 

Manila 

Cebu Pacific 
operated by Cebgo 

Cebu, Davao 

Philippine Airlines 
operated by PAL Express 

Cebu, Manila 

Philippines AirAsia 

Clark, Manila 

Port Picture 

 

 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Cargo handling services: Leyte Integrated Port Services Inc. (LIPSI) 

Mr.Ignacio b. Malate 

General Manager 

Tel. 053 321-3641 

Pilotage services: Tacloban Pilot Association 

Capt. Ramon L. de Rama 

Tel. 053 832-1006 

Port security servicesLockheed Global Security and Investigation Services Inc. (LGSISI) 

Mr. Noel Cajipo 

Acting detachment commander 

Ancillary external services can be arrange by contacting the port authorities: 

  • Bunkering 
  • Transport service 
  • Water supply 
  • Chandling 
  • Cargo surveying 

Port Performance 

The sea is shallow along the San Juanico Strait. The port does not have navigational facilities for the vessels to enter the Tacloban City Port at night time or in the afternoon. 

 The northern channel passing by San Pedro bay is 5.6 m draft with a 120 feet (36.5m) clearance maximum due to the San Francisco bridge, while the southern channel is 4.8 m draft only. 

The port is rarely congested and humanitarian cargo will be prioritized in case of relief operations.  

Seasonal Constraints 

 

Occurs 

Time Frame 

Rainy Season 

Yes 

Most frequent during December and January 

Major Import Campaigns 

No 

n/a 

Other Comments 

Rainfalls and typhoons are throughout the year with no pronounced dry seasons. 

 

Handling Figures for 2018 

Vessel Calls 

701 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 

54,087 

 

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018 

Bulk (MT) 

n/a 

Break bulk (MT) 

505’557 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

 


Berthing Specifications 


Type of Berth 

Quantity 

Length (m) 

Maximum Draft (m) 

Comments 

Conventional Berth 

Pier 

Warf 

287 

750 

7m 

7 m 

Cast Iron mooring bollards, T head 25T capacity 

 
Port Handling Equipment 

The port equipment belongs to the LIPSI. They use to rent additional equipment (mobile cranes, forkliftsfrom the shipping companies when they have a shortage. These equipment are habitually staying at the port and could be rented if necessary to speed up the offloading in case of relief operations.  

Equipment 

Available  

Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

Container Gantries 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

Mobile Cranes 

Yes 

50 MT 

Good condition   

Reachstacker 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

Transtainer 

No 

n/a 

n/a 

Forklifts 

Yes 

1 x 15 MT 

1 x 10 MT 

1 x 7 MT 

1 x 5 MT 

3 x 3 MT 

Good condition 

 

Container Facilities 

There are no containers facilities, the containers are offloaded with a ship/mobile crane and stored on an open space. 

Facilities 

10/20/40 ft 

Container Facilities Available 

None 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 

None 

Refrigerated Container Stations 

None 

Other Capacity Details 

Open container yard: 2,094 m2 

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

72 units regardless the size 

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

None 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

n/a 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift 
(Containers per Shift)  

24 units regardless the size 

Customs Guidance 

A customs office stand just behind the port, they can process import/export clearance. If all documents are in order, vessels clearances take about 1 hour and all payments have to be done by bank wire only. 

The custom office is open from Monday to Friday with a permanence on the weekend. Office hours are from 8.00 to 17.00.  

District Collector OfficeBocportoftacloban@yahoo.fr , 09175272351 / 0535306939 

 For more information on customs in Philippinesplease see the following link:1.3 Philippines Customs Information

Terminal Information 

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL 

The conventional berth is suitable to receive all different types of cargo: bagged cargo, break-bulk, containers. 

There are 3 Ro-Ro ramps: 

Ro-Ro ramp 1: 18m 

Ro-Ro ramp 2: 10.5m 

Ro-Ro ramp 3: 10.5m 

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING 

Some bulk cargos can be handled (liquid bulk and dry bulk). Generally molasses for liquid bulk and copra for dry bulk cargoes. 

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL 

There are no warehouses available in the port enclosureAll goods are either picked up directly on vessels arrival and loaded on trucks or stored on open areas. 

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2) 

Refrigerated Cargo 

None 

n/a 

Container yard 

1 open space 

2’094 m2 

General Cargo 

1 open space 

4’459 m2

Transit shed 

1  open space 

540 m2

Stevedoring 

Stevedoring activities are provided by a private company contracted by the port authorities. Please refer to “Description and Contacts of Key Companies” above.

Hinterland Information 

All items are moved out of the port by trucks contracted independently. Temporary vehicle pass are provided at the main gate by the port police division. 

Port Security 

The port is fenced; there are security guards at the main gate and in the terminal building. The coastguards have an office outside the port perimeter and do regular patrol in the area. Manual and wheeled fire extinguisher are available, if needed, fire trucks can be called from the municipality. 

There are 7 high mast steel tower equipped with halogen flood light. 

First aid shelters are disseminated along the port with some staff trained on emergency services. 

Security 

ISPS Compliant 

Yes 

Current ISPS Level  (Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional) 

Level 1 

Police Boats 

Yes (coastguards) 

Fire Engines 

No