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 kms. away from Dipolog City and 7 kms. from Dapitan City proper.

Area of Coverage
The Port Management Office of Zamboanga del Norte / Dapitan covers the whole province of Zamboanga del Norte: including all ports extending from Libay, Sibutad to Sta. Maria, Siocon.

It is located in a cove and fully protected by mountains. Latitude 08-degree N, Longitude 123 degrees, 23 degrees E. NE of Dapitan Bay, Northern Coast of Northern Mindanao.

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

Land Access
The Port is connected to Dapitan City and Dipolog City with all-weather Asphalt road. The province has asphalt road traversing the southern hinterland to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and northern hinterland to Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental.

Port Area
Total Commercial Area          = 186.00 sq.m.
Total Operational Area          = 14,078.00 sq.m.
Total Port Area                          = 22,614.00 sq.m

Anchorage and Fairway
Anchorage area is designated at Latitude – 8 degrees 39’ 00” North and Longitude – 123 degrees 22’ 00’ East

Berthing Facilities and Draft
Reinforced Concrete Pier (130m x 18m):
Berth 6 and 7             :4 to 11 m MLLW
Berth 4 and 5             :6 to 11 m MLLW

Roll On Roll Off Ramps (11m x 9m):
Ramp 1         :  6 m MLLW
Ramp 2         :  4 m MLLW
Ramp 3         :  6 m MLLW

Reinforced Concrete Pier (130m x 18m):
Berth 6 and 7             :4 to 11 m MLLW
Berth 4 and 5             :6 to 11 m MLLW

Roll On Roll Off Ramps (11m x 9m):
Ramp 1         :  6 m MLLW
Ramp 2         :  4 m MLLW
Ramp 3         :  6 m MLLW

Wharf (150 L.M.):
Berth 1                  :  3 to 5 MLLW
Berth 2 and 3     :  6 MLLW

Cargo Stacking Area & Container Yard
Reclaimed Area                         : 10,402 sq. m.
Operational Area                     : 7,667 sq. m.
Back-up Area                             : 5,000 sq. m.

Cargo Stacking Shed
Area                                             : 25 m x 40 m

Marshalling Areas
RORO use                    :     650 sq. m.
Vehicle Parking Space            :     942 sq. m.

Navigational Aids
1 Lighthouse at Tag-ulo Point
1 Lighthouse at Brgy. San Vicente

Iligan Harbor Pilot Association
Zamboanga Harbor Pilots Association

Cargo Handling Services
Prudential Customs Brokerage Services, Inc. (PCBSI)

Cargo Handling Equipment

Truck-Mounted Crane : One (1) unit 35 ton
Forklifts :
3.5 tonner                           : Two (2) units  
4 tonner                              : Two (2) units
5 tonner                             : One (1) unit
6 tonner                              :  One (1) unit
15 tonner                           : One (1) unit
25 tonner                           : One (1) unit
Tractors 5 tonner             : Two (2) units
Elf Truck 5 tonner           : One (1) unit    
Weighbridge 80 tonner : One (1) unit

Porterage Provider
Prudential Customs Brokerage Services, Inc. (PCBSI)

Port Security and Safety

  • PPA Port Police Officers
  • PPA Safety Officer
  • Sagittarius Security Agency – PPA-Hired Security Guards
  • PCBSI-Hired Security Guards/Watchmen
  • PCBSI Safety Officer

Port Security Equipment

  • Baggage X-Ray Machine                                                                       
  • Walk-Through Metal Detector
  • Hand-Held Metal Detectors
  • Vehicle Under chassis Mirror

Other Port Related Services

Jimenez, Misamis Occidental
Contact Person: Mr. Silverio l. Gabiola
Tel No.: (088) 272-3230
Fax No.: (088)521-3230

Water Supply    
-Dapitan City Water District

Garbage Collection & Disposal (w/o cost to PPA)
-PCBSI – For port generated wastes
-LGU Dapitan

-Rural Transit Inc.
-Evergood Trucking Services
-Fastpak Trucking Services
-Sagario Trucking Services
-Certified Express Inc.

-WiFi Internet
-VHF Radio (Marine Standby Frequency 156.800 MHZ)
-Mobile Phone (Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular)