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Port Overview

Port of Jolo is the main port of the island of Sulu but it is a very small port.  This port is very significant to the people of Sulu, particularly those involve in commerce and considered one of the busiest ports in Western Mindanao.  The Port of Jolo has been one of the earliest hubs for trade and commerce in the region even before the Spanish invasion.  Sulu Region has been the gateway of trading from the country towards Java, Borneo, Celebes, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Among the shipping companies present in the Port are Aleson Shipping Lines, Montenegro Shipping Lines, Sing Shipping Lines, SRN Fast crafts and Theresian Star Shipping Lines. The port is managed by the BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority. 

Port of Jolo
Anchorage Depth21.6 m - 22.9 m
Cargo Pier Depth11 m - 12.2 m
Oil Terminal Depth4.9 m - 6.1 m
Harbor SizeVery small
Railway SizeSmall
Harbor TypeOpen Roadstead
Max Sizeup to 500 ft in length

Key port information can also be found at:


Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Jolo (0 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Jolo





Managing Company or Port Authority

BARMM – BARMM Economic Zone Authority

Management Contact Person

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Zamboanga International Airport


Port Picture

In the above picture, the Office of the Ports Authority (blue roof) is seen, the container yard (although there are no container vans that go to Jolo Port), and the wharfs.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

  1. BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority
  2. Local Government of Jolo, Sulu

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.3 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance



Time Frame

Rainy Season


June to December

Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:

Port Handling Equipment

The port is managed by the BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority. 

Customs Guidance

For more information on customs in the Philippines, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.  

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