Davao-Bitung shipping route set to start in April

The new Davao City–General Santos, Philippines –Bitung, Indonesia shipping route, ferrying goods would only take three days compared with the current three to five weeks shipping time via the Manila–Bitung route. Apart from being more time-efficient, the new route is also cheaper with savings estimated to about $1,500 (P75,000) per twenty-foot equivalent unit, creating revenue for local businessmen and the government. The maiden voyage will be held in Davao on April 28.

Asian Marine Transport Corp. will initially provide a weekly shipping schedule with a vessel capacity of 100 TEUs. Mindanao products such as fresh fruits, poultry, meat, coffee blends, fishing supplies and synthetics were identified for export to Indonesia. Bitung, a city on the northern coast of Sulawesi known for rich marine life, will import coconut, copra, corn, high value crops, soya products, coffee beans, sugar, cement and charcoal.

(Hellenic Shipping News)