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Smaller cargo vessel in Davao-Indonesia roro shipping

Bitung port in Indonesia. (Imbalo Sihombing photo)

A SMALLER cargo vessel is now plying the roll-on roll-off shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia. The KM Gloria 28 is sailing regularly from Davao to Bitung in Indonesia using the Sta. Ana wharf in Davao City as port of call, said Indonesian Consul General in Davao City Berlian Napitupulu

“The vessel already plied for the second time but we still consider it a trial run. It will sail for two days from Tahuna, Manado, to Davao City,” Napitupulu said. The boat, owned by an Indonesian, has been carrying export and import goods between Mindanao and eastern Indonesia.

Next week, the ship will bring agricultural products and furniture to Davao City and carry other agricultural products and decorative lights to Tahuna on the return trip. Napitupulu said the vessel will ply directly from Bitung-Tahuna to Davao but the original Davao-GenSan-Bitung route will remain as indicated in the Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia and the Philippines. He explained that it will not call the port in General Santos this time because there are no cargoes to pick up from that city.

Napitupulu sees the entry of bigger vessels in the future because the positive economic prospect of the route.

However, he conceded that the lack of consolidators from both countries remains a hindrance to shipping as of this time.

The Consul General has been promoting trade relations between Indonesia and Mindanao for stronger advocacy and relations with the local government units and private organizations and associations. rw: wjg

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