Cruise Ship Docks in Bohol, Philippines

Governor Edgar Chatto insists that the implementation of the phase II of the Catagbacan Cruise ship Port is the next best thing to position Bohol in the international tourism map.
Speaking at “Kita ug ang Gobernador ” while an international cruise ship from its latest international port call in Indonesia berths was at the city tourism port, Chatto said the constricted city port prevents international cruise ship from staying in Bohol for a long period.

International cruise ship MV Minerva, from Swan Hellenic Cruises docks here for the company’s 21 stop destination offered commercially as 42 days Grand Empires of the East cruise which embarked from Singapore January 3 and returns to Singapore on February 12.
The cruise ship had Cirebon, Semarang, Bali, Lombok, Komodo Island, Ujung-Andang, Pare-Pare, Sandakan, Sabah Indonesia stop before attaching berth lines in Bohol.
But owing to the problem of severely congested port in Tagbilaran, the cruise ship has to pull anchors for less than a day visit here, onwards to Manila, Hongkong in China, Halong Bay, Hai Phong, Danang, Qui Nhon, Na Thrang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, then to Sihanoukville in Cambodia, before Laem Chabang and Ko Samui in Thailand then off to complete the cruise in Singapore.
“The cruise ship can’t stay long,” Gov. Chatto said, explaining that the cruise ship causes Bohol bound merchandise and trade products to be temporarily kept at bay, on cargo ships waiting for their time to offload.
Because of this, the governor points out the need to raise anew the need to re- push for the completion and full operation of the Bohol Cruise Ship Port in Catagbacan, Loon.
It may be recalled that Chatto, while he was Congressman, prioritized the development of the Catagbacan Port in Loon, as a cruise ship port owing to its natural harbors, sheltered by islets and its potential to billow the sail of tourism in Northern Bohol as well as Bohol in general.
Chatto used the Districts Priority Development Assistance Fund to fund the phase 1 of the implementation of the cruise ship port.
For his part, succeeding congressman Rene Relampagos also put in PDAF funds for the improvement of the port access to the highway.
Chatto said the implementation of the project’s phase 2 is now in the hands of Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Meanwhile, PPA information officer and architect Epelito Ararao, in a phone interview,explained that the PPA Central Office is currently studying the move to implement phase 2 of the project.
Ararao said the second phase of the project involves a berthing space extension of 50 to 100 meters, adding that most cruise ships are much longer than the currently available 80 meters.
He also said that while the harbor pilots have determined that the Catagbacan harbors are deep, the channels leading to it and the areas necessary for the cruise ships to maneuver need dredging operations, which also comprised part of the project’ phase 2.

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