Cagayan de Oro holds the distinction of being the shipping hub in Mindanao. It is the most preferred city in the island for both cargo and passenger ships.
This city is blessed with natural settings. Among all the cities in Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro seaports have the shortest distance to the major ports in the Visayas and Luzon. That is why despite the advent of budget airlines, passenger ships remain a hugely popular transportation option in CDO while other cities in the island no longer offer such service. People from other cities and provinces, even as far as Davao come here to take ferries bound for cities like Cebu, Tagbilaran, and Manila.
Aside from the city’s baseport in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro has other seaports at Cagayan de Oro Oil Mill in Tablon, Caltex Philippines in Bugo, Del Monte Philippines in Bugo, the Pilipinas Shell in Puntod, and just a few kilometers away from Bugo is Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan.
Cagayan de Oro’s Baseport and Mindanao International Container Terminal are way ahead than other cities in Mindanao in acquiring modern support services and infrastructure facilities such as gantry cranes. Gantry cranes are only found in busy seaports that have lots of cargoes to haul and assemble.
Easy access to multiple modes of transportation such as shipping is a big boon to any business. That is why Cagayan de Oro’s economy remains strong because it has everything that can sufficiently answer to the increasing demand of trade.
Photo by Vincent Tom Udasco