Construction of new Cebu container port to begin in August

The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) said the procurement of civil works for the construction of New Cebu International Container Port Project (NCICPP) in Tayud, Consolacion is underway and if the schedule will proceed as planned, the groundworks will finally begin in August 2021, according to a report by Philippine Information Agency.

This was revealed by CPA during the 160th Maritime Forum of the Maritime League.

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Engr. Romel Pegarom, acting manager of CPA’s Planning and Monitoring Division, said during his presentation that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to award the project in July 2021 and that the groundbreaking is scheduled on Aug. 16, 2021.

The NCICP Project costs around P9,962,000,000.00 which will be financed through the $172.64-M loan agreement signed in 2018 by the Philippine government and South Korea’s Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) equivalent to P8.48-B and a counterpart fund of around P1.28-B by the Philippine National Government.

“We have experienced delays mostly due to lacking clearances and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we look forward to the start of the construction of the project as we see it as a long-term solution to the congestion problems of the current Cebu International Port (CIP),” said CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole.

Once completed, CPA will operate the port which will serve all international cargoes in and out of Cebu.

The current CIP at Cebu Baseport will form part of the Port of Cebu domestic port to augment port domestic operations.

Pegarom also disclosed that DOTr is currently addressing concerns on the Road-Right-Of-Way (RROW) acquisition for the construction of an access road that will connect the international port to the main road in Brgy. Tayud and the processing and approval of the Grant of working visa for its Korean consultants by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Consolacion Municipal Government and DOTr are set to ink a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the downloading of a P132-M budget to proceed with the RROW acquisition.

The new port will include a berthing facility with a 500-meter-long quay wall that can simultaneously accommodate two 2,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit vessels; operating facilities and structures for containers such as a freight station and an inspection shed; an access road and bridge; and a dredged waterway and turning basin.

Aside from the construction of physical structures, the project also covers the procurement of cargo-handling equipment and consulting services.

The NCICP project is set to be completed on May 28, 2024.

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