The Port of Dapitan has its humble beginnings as one of the subports of PMU Zamboanga since PPA first took over the operations, development and management of the port from the Bureau of Customs in 1977.  The port was known since time immemorial as Pulauan Port but through the effort of the Local
Government Unit of Dapitan through Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 26-1999, it is now officially named as Port of Dapitan. Later on, it was renamed Terminal Management Office (TMO) of Dapitan under the Port Management Office (PMO) of Zamboanga, Port District Office (PDO) of Southern Mindanao.


In 1995, the administrative jurisdiction of TMO-Dapitan was transferred to PMO-Ozamiz under PDO-Northern Mindanao. After 31 years of existence as a terminal port, the PPA Board has approved the upgrading of the TMO to a Port Management Office in 2008. The new PMO then has no terminal port under its jurisdiction.  A year later, the jurisdiction of ten (10) government ports and two private ports in the province of Zamboanga del Norte were transferred to PMO-Dapitan from PMO-Ozamiz pursuant to PPA Special Order dated June 18, 2009.  And in the same year, PMO-Dapitan was transferred back to PDO- Southern Mindanao. The formal inauguration as a PMO and turnover to PDO-Southern Mindanao was held on September 30, 2009 at Dakak Park and Beach Resort.


PMO-Dapitan now is known as PMO-Zamboanga del Norte as a result of the approval of Rationalization Plan of PPA by virtue of Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) Memorandum Circular No. 10-2014 dated 25 March 2015.


Dapitan Port was placed in the limelight when it plays an important role in connecting the network of roads and RORO ports to form a highway known as the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) under the Western Seaboard. The port is the jump off point to/from Luzon and Visayas. Since the initial launching of the SRNH in 2003, significant increase in roro traffic in both cargoes and passengers were experienced.


The Port of Dapitan is located in Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City. It is 14 kilometers away from Dipolog City and 7 kilometers from Dapitan City proper.

Port Location

a) Port Limits

Dapitan City lies on the Northern tip of Zamboanga del Norte and northwestern coast of the island of Mindanao with approximate geographical coordinates of 8o50’ North latitude and 123o30’ East longitude. It is about 404 nautical miles (or 650 kilometers) southwest of Metropolitan Manila; 156 nautical miles to Zamboanga City; 111 nautical miles to Cebu City; 44 nautical miles to Dumaguete City; and 14 kilometers to Dipolog City.


Port limits per attached Port Zone Delineation:

1-2                   N      21° 20’ W                 392.00 M

2-3                   N      61° 30’ E                  739.00 M

3-4                   S      31° 29’ E                  680.08 M

4-5                   S      64° 08’ W                 835.20 M

5-1                   N      26° 00’ W                 252.00 M

b) Total Port Area = 26,675.045 sq. m
c) Sea Distance

It is about 404 nautical miles (650kms) southwest of Manila, 156 nautical miles to Zamboanga City, 111 nautical miles to Cebu City, 44 nautical miles to Dumaguete City and 147.764 nautical miles from the Sulu Sea.

d) Land Access

The Port is connected to Dapitan City and Dipolog City with an all-weather concrete road. The province has asphalt and concrete road traversing the southern hinterland to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, and northern hinterland to Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental.  The distance from the Port to the Dipolog-Oroquieta National highway is 1.80 kilometers.

e) Entrance Channel/Turning Basin

Entrance Channel = 4.45km

f) Physical Environment


Dapitan is described as level to rolling. The interior is hilly and mountainous, while the coastal areas are generally plain. The climate is dependent mainly on local air currents which are caused by various thermal conditions. Local air currents from the month of November to April are northeastern monsoon but from May to October, the air currents are variable with the southwest monsoon being slightly predominant. Wet season normally starts in May and ends in January, while dry season starts in February until April. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Warm months are April and May while cold months are December, January and February. Rainiest months are January, June, July, October, November and December. The Weather Bureau indicates the frequency of tropical cyclones in this part of the country to be rare at 1%.


Topography – Port of Dapitan is surrounded by hills at the south of the port. It is approximately 3.00 meters above sea level. It lies on the northwestern coast of the island of Mindanao.


Oceanography – Port of Dapitan is along the central physiographic province underlain by alluvial deposits, the damped state of an earthquake is a dominant experience. The immediate soil is though generally stable, still requires the prescribed deep foundation as described above due to the deep seawater. The deepest portion of the RC Pier is about 13.00m.


Climatological condition – Climate of Dapitan City is dependent mainly on local air currents which are caused by the various thermal condition. Local air currents from the month of November to April are northern or the northeastern monsoon but from May to October, the air currents are variable with the southwest monsoon slightly predominant. Dapitan’s climate is characterized by rainfall more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Warm months are April and May while cold months are December, January, and February. Rainiest months are January, June, July, October, November and December.


Seismic condition – The nearest active volcanoes are beyond 10km distance. The nearest active fault line was traced at 50.40km distance from the port which named as Mindanao fault with its segment name of Western Mindanao Extension that pass through northern part of Jose Dalman to the area of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Norte.

Port Facilities

a) Berthing Facilities and Draft

Port of Dapitan berthing facilities can accommodate eight (8) vessels at the same time with the consideration that the vessels utilize the four (4) roro ramps are at Mediterranean docking.

Berthing Area

  • Berth 1 = 24 m     
  • Berth 2 = 75 m    
  • Berth 3 = 75 m 
  • Berth 4 = 55.34 m
  • Berth 5 = 55.34 m
  • Berth 6 = 42.25 m 
  • Berth 7 = 42.25 m

Reinforced Concrete Pier (130m x 18m):

     Berth 4 and 5        : 6 to 11 m MLLW

     Berth 6 and 7        : 6 to 11 m MLLW

Wharf (150 L.M.):

            Berth 1                :  3 to 5 MLLW

            Berth 2 and 3      :  6 MLLW

b) Roll-On-Roll-Off Facilities

Roll On Roll Off Ramps (11m x 9m; 5 units):

     Ramp 1
:  6 m MLLW
     Ramp 2 :  6 m MLLW
     Ramp 3 :  6 m MLLW(dedicated to Archipelago Philippines Ferries, Inc.)
     Ramp 4 :  6 m MLLW
     Ramp 5 :  6 m MLLW

c) Anchorage

Anchorage area is designated at:


     Latitude     = 08° 41.5′ N

     Longitude  = 123° 22.5′ E


     Latitude     = 08° 39.5′ N

     Longitude  = 123° 24.0′ E


     Latitude     = 08° 38.8′ N

     Longitude  = 123° 23.3′ E


     Latitude     = 08° 39.4′ N

     Longitude  = 123° 23.1′ E

d) Storage Facilities

Cargo Shed = 1,275.28 sq. m.

e) Container Yard

Area – 737.60 sq. m.
Can accommodate 25 TEUs

f) Container Freight Station (none)
g) Marshalling Area

RORO Marshalling for private vehicles:     985 sq. m.
     – Capacity:   16 units
RORO Marshalling for trucks:   2,175 sq. m.
     – Capacity:   24 units

h) Back-up Area (none)
i) Vehicle Parking Area

Parking Space:     1,247.73 sq. m.
Capacity:     40 cars

j) Cargo Handling Equipment

     3.5 Tonner                    :          Two (2) units
     4 tonner                        :          Two (2) units
     6 tonner                        :          One (1) unit
     15 tonner                      :          Two (2) units
     25 tonner                      :          Two (2) units
Tractor Head/Prime Mover:          One (1) unit
Chassis Trailer                   :          One (1) unit
6 Wheeler Cargo Truck      :          One (1) unit
Tractors 5 tonner                :          Two (2) units
Truck-Mounted Crane        :          One (1) unit 35 tonner
Weighbridge 80 tonner       :          One (1) unit 

k) Other Port Facilities/Amenities

• Empty Container Depot (none)
• Fenders
      M-Type (800H X 2000L – 15 units)
      V-Type (600H X 2000L – 36 units)
      V-Type (500H X 1500L – 6 units)
• Maintenance Repair Workshop (Motorpool) = 296.93 sq. m.
• Power Plant Station = 94.55 sq. m.
• Reefer / Refrigerated Container Outlets (none)
• Transient House
       2 family rooms
       1 double room
       2 single rooms
• GAD / Multi-Purpose Hall
       563 capacity
• Port Manager’s Quarter = 112.15 sq. m.
• Guest Quarter
       5 single beds

• Port Integrated Clearance Office (PICO) building
• Port Police Building = 249 sq. m.
• Two-Story Storage Building = 157.50 sq. m.
• Dormitory for Transient Passenger = 298 sq. m.
• One-Stop-Shop Building Operations Building = 416.06 sq. m.

Port Services

1. Vessel Services

          a) Pilotage

          b) Bunkering

          c) Chandling (none)

          d) Towing / Tugging

          e) Line Handling

          f) Mooring / Unmooring

          g) Fumigation (none)

          h) Waste Disposal

          i) Vessel Cleaning (none)

          j) Water Suppliers

          k) Vessel Repair / Maintenance (none)

          l) Other Vessel Services (none)

2. Cargo Services

          a) Cargo Handling

          b) Barging / Lighterage Operations (none)

          c) Cargo Checking (none)

          d) Cargo Surveying (none)

          e) Transport Service / Cargo Forwarding / Hauling / Trucking

Trucking Services

Hauling Services

          f) Storage (none)

          g) Warehousing (none)

          h) Weighbridge / Truck Scale

          i) Brokerage (none)

          j) Other Available Services on Cargoes (none)

3. Passenger Services

          a. Passenger Terminal Building