THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has posted a total of 4,091 domestic ship calls during the third quarter of this year, an increase of 5.36 percent higher than the 3,883 ship calls registered during the same period last year.
Data from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in Region X showed that major ports like Cagayan de Oro had an increase of 18.07 percent on domestic ship travels while Iligan posted around 3.31 percent and Ozamiz stood at 3.21 percent.
The PPA-Cagayan de Oro’s foreign ship calls, however, declined by 12.12 percent, or from 33 ship calls in the third quarter of 2009 to only 29 over the same period in 2010.
Despite the increases in the number of ship calls, the ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan posted decreases in the number of passenger traffic by 0.13 percent and 2.80 percent, respectively.
The port of Ozamiz, which accounted for about 74 percent of passenger traffic, recorded 17.99 percent increase.
Cargo traffic also posted an increase of 14.19 percent, from 980,200 metric tons (MT) in the third quarter of 2009 to 1,119,297MT against the same period in 2009.
Domestic cargo traffic contributed to the increase in the total cargoes handled by the major ports in the region. However, foreign cargo traffic handled mainly by the port of Cagayan de Oro decreased by 34.25 percent.
The private ports under the Port Management Office (PMOs) of the major ports in the region recorded increases in the number of ship calls and cargo traffic by 6.08 percent and 3.75 percent, respectively. Passenger traffic in the private ports of Iligan increased by 56.74 percent compared to the same period in 2009.
Cargo container traffic also posted an increase by about 16.24 percent, or from 45,636 containers in the third quarter last year, it went up to 53,047 during the same period this year, the NEDA-X data showed.
Meanwhile, the Mindanao Container Terminal (MT) registered a positive output of 28.30 percent to 136 for the quarter this year, which is higher than that of the same period last year of only 106 ship calls.
There were 58 foreign and 78 domestic ship calls recorded during the quarter this year catered by the MCT.
article by Loui Maliza of SSC