ALON Passenger Terminal: Integrated Domestic Passenger Ferry Terminal in North Harbor

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

• North Harbor •


Located along the shoreline of Tondo District is the country’s leading domestic port – North Harbor. It can accommodate all types of inter-island vessels. Its six (6) main piers cater to coastwise cargo and passenger ships.

The facilities are also used extensively for passenger accommodation. North Harbor services the Metro Manila area and the immediate provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Nueva Vizcaya in the north, Rizal in the east and Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon in the south.

Under the PMO-North Harbor’s jurisdiction are smaller ports. These are sub-ports of Bataan and Subic.

Passenger Terminal Users:

Location User
Pier 2 Negros Nav.
Pier 4 Aboitiz S.C.
Pier 6 Sweet Lines
Pier 10 C. A. Gothong
Pier 12 Sulpicio Lines
Pier 14 William Lines
Pier 16 Escaño Lines


The north breakwater protects North Harbor from wave action. Its length is 2,200 m. A portion at the southernmost part of Isla Puting Bato serves as landing place for small vessels.

aside from this breakwater, Manila Bay itself is a natural harbor providing great security from threats of large waves. The port of Manila thus enjoys protection that can only be provided by nature itself.

Land Access

There are four (4) entrance/exit gates to North Harbor from Radial Road (R-10). This is parallel to Marcos Road, on is at Moriones Street while the other one is at Zaragoza Street, used for passengers and cargo traffic. The other two gates are the Pacheco gate and the Access Road gate.

Currently, these roads are poorly accommodating the necessary access to the North Harbor. Since the North Harbor is currently both a cargo and passenger handling facility, the access roads for people are also used by carrier trucks. The result is chaos. R-10 area is highly congested with container trucks therefore making it very difficult for light vehicles to traverse. Pollution is very high in these areas. The ports' efficiency can be greatly diminished if the access to land transportation is very poor. This issue can be handled in cooperation with the DPWH and DOTC.

Parking Areas

No specific areas are provided for parking of vehicles in the port area. Vehicles entering the North Harbor compound usually park infront of the offices and at Collector Road

Adding to the passengers' woes is the absence of the parking facility.
Especially in the Philippines, where relatives see their loved-ones off, parking areas are most required. This raises the issues of convinience and security. Without a proper parking area, people are forced to park anywhere outside the port area. The condition outside the port is chaotic, men calling out for makeshift parking slots adding to the disorderly vendors. As if the trouble getting at the port through the current state of the access roads isn't enough, finding a proper parking slot seems to be making a name for itself.


Blogger The Ruminant said...

Hi Raj,

As far as I know, WG&A is now using the new Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in the South Harbor, but they are still using Piers 4 and 14 for cargo and other stuff. You can do a Google search for more on this.

12:39 AM

Blogger nienshin said...

I read your report. And the problem that our group is currently tackling is about the accessibility to Manila North Harbor. some of our "Crazy" ideas include an LRT/Subway? from T.M Kalaw to Navotas/Malabon perhaps even up to Bulacan as well as an LRT-2 extension up to manila north harbor. I also agree with the "passengerization" idea since those bulky cargo trucks can be quite irritating at times. Perhaps we could keep in touch. thanks

7:45 AM


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