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
Region 8, Easter Visayas
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Port of Tacloban
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
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent national Arrivals/Departures
Tacloban Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (9km)
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Cargo handling services: Leyte Integrated Port Services Inc. (LIPSI)
Mr.Ignacio b. Malate
Tel. 053 321-3641
Pilotage services: Tacloban Pilot Association
Capt. Ramon L. de Rama
Tel. 053 832-1006
Port security services: Lockheed Global Security and Investigation Services Inc. (LGSISI)
Mr. Noel Cajipo
Acting detachment commander
Ancillary external services can be arrange by contacting the port authorities:
- Transport service
- Water supply
- Cargo surveying
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.
Most frequent during December and January
Major Import Campaigns
Rainfalls and typhoons are throughout the year with no pronounced dry seasons.
Handling Figures for 2018
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (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, forklifts) from 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.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
1 x 15 MT
1 x 10 MT
1 x 7 MT
1 x 5 MT
3 x 3 MT
There are no containers facilities, the containers are offloaded with a ship/mobile crane and stored on an open space.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Open container yard: 2,094 m2
Daily Take Off Capacity
72 units regardless the size
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
24 units regardless the size
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 Office; Bocportoftacloban@yahoo.fr , 09175272351 / 0535306939
For more information on customs in Philippines, please see the following link: 1.3 Philippines Customs Information
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 enclosure. All goods are either picked up directly on vessels arrival and loaded on trucks or stored on open areas.
Number of Storage Facilities
1 open space
1 open space
1 open space
Stevedoring activities are provided by a private company contracted by the port authorities. Please refer to “Description and Contacts of Key Companies” above.
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.
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.
Current ISPS Level (Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)