Port of Iloilo

The Port of Iloilo in Iloilo City, Philippines, serves the province and city of Iloilo and the entire Panay Island, in Western Visayas of the Philippines. It is located away from the older port facilities on the Southern coast of Panay Island, in the Panay Gulf, and one of the country’s safest and most natural harbors. Guimaras Island shields the port from violent storms and makes it ideal for harboring ships and vessels.[1]

Port of Iloilo
Pantalan ng Iloilo
Puerto sang Iloilo
Loboc Wharf of the Iloilo International Port
  • Loboc Wharf of the Iloilo International Port -- (Loboc, Lapuz, Iloilo City)
  • The Iloilo Domestic Port (formerly the Old Foreign Pier) -- (City Proper, Iloilo City)
  • Muelle Loney and Iloilo River Wharf -- (Muelle Loney (Loney Dock), Iloilo City)
  • Iloilo-Guimaras Jetty (Banca) Ports -- (City Proper District)
Coordinates10°41′24″N 122°34′59″E
OpenedSeptember 29,1855
Operated byPhilippine Ports Authority
Owned byIloilo City
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Size20.8 hectares
Hub ForNegros Navigation
Vessel arrivals11,853 (3rd Busiest in the Philippines)
Annual cargo tonnage491.7 million tonnes
Passenger traffic2.4 million annually


Iloilo harbor is part of the Iloilo Strait bounded to the north by a line stretching from the Dumangas River across the Iloilo Strait to Navalas Point on Guimaras Island and to the South line extending from the Lusaran Point, Guimaras Island to Surraga River in the municipality of San Joaquin on Panay.[1]


The Port of Iloilo, considered the leader of trade and a commercial hub for Western Visayas is also one of the safest natural seaports in the Philippines.[1] The Iloilo Commercial Port Complex is located on 20.8 hectares of reclaimed land. It includes 11,400 sq. meters of open space for operations, supplemented by an area of 97,000 sq. meters, a crane,[1] rails of 348 lineal meters; roll-on-roll-off support; a 7,800 container freight stations; and a 720 sq. meter passenger shed. The port complex is ideal for ships plying international routes having a berth length of 400 meters, a width of 26.26 meters and a berthing depth of 10.50 meters.

A number of shipping companies use the Port of Iloilo, including Lorenzo Shipping Corporation, 2GO, Amigo Shipping Company, New Panay Shipping Company, Sulpicio Lines, and Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc.[1] Fast ferries serve Iloilo-Bacolod routes eight times daily. 2GO inter-island, overnight ferries serve longer routes, going to Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro City. Pumpboat ferries cross the Iloilo Strait to Guimaras constantly during the day and on special trips at night.

Roll-on/roll-off ferry service, known as RO-RO, is available between Iloilo City and Guimaras, but the ro-ro to Negros leaves from Dumangas, Iloilo.

It is ranked third in terms of ship calls at 11,853, fourth in cargo throughout at 491,719 million metric tons and fourth in passenger traffic at 2.4 million annually.


The Port has been serving international shipping since at least 1855, handling sugar and fertilizer shipments for the international market. The opening of the Port of Iloilo to the world market on 29 September 1855 by Queen Isabella II of Spain,[2][3] replaced the disappearing textile industry. When the Suez Canal opened in 1869, trade with the Europe, especially the United Kingdom, became much easier. Nicholas Loney, consul for the U.K., was particularly influential and Muelle Loney which is the quay that runs along the Iloilo River is named after him.

The sugar industry brought an economic boom to the city and its neighbor island, Negros, and Iloilo became the biggest center of commerce and trade in the Visayas and Mindanao, second only to Manila.[4] It was the only deep water port for both Iloilo and Bacolod, capital of Negros Occidental which lay 35 miles away across the Guimaras Strait.[5] Therefore, nearly all the trade in sugar and rice from Negros, one of the riches islands in the country, was shipped through Iloilo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[5]

Shipping firms and destinations



Bunkers are available from Pilipinas Shell, Petroleum Corporation, Caltex Philippines Inc. and Petrophil Corporation.[1]


Facility Data for The Port of Iloilo[1]
Old Foreign Pier 17,000
River Wharf 68,000
Iloilo Commercial Port Complex 208,000
Back-up area/commercial 97,000
Operational Area 111,000

The Port of Iloilo also offers Open Storage facilities, Data listed below:

Outdoor Storage Data for The Port of Iloilo[1]
Old Foreign Pier Open Storage 9,200
River Wharf Open Storage 8,682

See also

  • List of East Asian ports


  1. PORT OF ILOILO - General Information
  2. Sonza, Demy. "The Port of Iloilo: 1855 - 2005". Graciano Lopez-Jaena Life and Works and Iloilo History Online Resource. Dr. Graciano Lopez-Jaena (DGLJ) Foundation. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19.
  3. Funtecha, Henry (2006-07-21). "Iloilo's position under colonial rule". thenewstoday.info. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  4. Iloilo City - History Archived January 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Linn, Brian McAllister (2000). The Philippine war 1899-1902. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas. p. 73. ISBN 0-7006-1225-4.
  6. PORT OF ILOILO - Destinations
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