The Port of Davao, or Davao Port (Filipino: Daungan ng Dabaw, Cebuano: Pantalan sa Dabaw), is a seaport located in Davao, Mindanao island in the Philippines. The Port of Davao consists of a number of ports, all within the Davao Gulf which is part of the Celebes Sea, but its main office and seaport is located at Brgy. Sasa, Davao City. The Port of Davao is largely dominated by container cargo, raw materials exportation, bulk cargo, general cargo, and passenger traffic facilities.

Port of Davao
Daungan ng Dabaw
Pantalan sa Dabaw
Sasa Wharf-Davao.jpg
Sasa International Seaport, Davao City
LocationBrgy Sasa, Buhangin District, Davao City, Philippines
Opened20th Century
Operated byPhilippine Ports Authority/Davao Port Management Office
Owned byCity Government of Davao
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Vessel arrivals25,337(2013)[1]
Annual cargo tonnage9,877,615(2013)[1]
Annual container volume544,642 TEU(2013)[1]
Passenger traffic1,634,277(2013)[1]


Celebes Sea

Davao Port, or the Port of Davao, is one of the Philippines major seaports alongside Manila, Subic, Cebu, Zamboanga, and others. The Port of Davao, often called Port District of Davao, includes Davao City and the four provinces. Davao port services inter-island and international shipments. The city is situated 974 kilometers south of Manila, on the shore of Davao Gulf. "Davao" also refers to four provinces: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental. Davao City is located in Davao del Sur but is politically and administratively independent of the province. The access to the port of entry in Davao City is through Davao Gulf, which has two approaches. One is at Pakiputan Strait between Davao and the water west of Samal Island. The other approach is at the east side of Samal Island mainly used as an exit channel of vessels departing from points north of Davao Gulf. Access to the subport of entry in Mati, Davao Oriental is through Pujada Bay.[2] The Davao Gulf is situated on the south coast of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines.

The port itself is the most important in Mindanao island[3] and also has the busiest international container port in both Visayas and Mindanao.[4] The port serves as the gateway to the southern Philippines and is considered as the best-performing port in Mindanao.[5] A number of passenger ship-lines operate to Davao, including WG&A Superferry.


The port opened on 1900 for the international exportation of agricultural products in then-Davao Province, mostly from Davao City. It was opened for the prospectors and entrepreneurs in the city to export their agricultural produce internationally. Due to the ever-expanding economy of the city, it later became one of the busiest seaports in the country.

In World War II, the port became a landing and anchor zone for American naval forces participating in the Battle of Davao.


Vicinity of Port of Davao

Apart from the government pier and private pier, a number of piers and wharves exist in the Davao Port region specifically for commercial use.[6] Vessels awaiting berth availability anchor 450 meters off Sta. Ana pier in 12 fathoms mud. The anchorage is well protected except during strong southwest monsoon. Pilotage is compulsory for foreign-going vessels with 100 GRT and over; and for domestic vessels with 75 GRT and over. Request for pilot should be made 24 hours in advance to the Davao Pilots' Association.[2]

Davao City and the Port of Davao has 2 government international seaports, that of the Sasa International Port and the Sta. Ana Wharf, and 9 privately owned ports. The city government is currently in the process of taking over the management of the seaports to modernize facilities, such as 3 big modern quayside cranes and to expand capacity. In addition, the Toril international Fish Port Complex accommodates small and large-scale fishing activities as well as provides among others cold-storage facilities.

Below is a list of major piers and wharves within Davao Port.[2][6]

Sasa International SeaportEdit

Located in Brgy. Sasa, Davao City, Sasa International Seaport is the main seaport serving the Davao Gulf area as the main base of the port. It is generally used for container and international shipping and operated by the International Container Terminal Services inc.,[7] which also operates at the Port of Manila and Port of Subic. It is the largest of the piers in the Port area and also the busiest.

Sta. Ana PierEdit

Located in Davao Chinatown, Magsaysay St., Davao City, Sta. Ana Pier handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels.

Mati Wharf, Mati City, Davao OrientalEdit

Used primarily for corn, copra, logs and general cargo.

Pacific International Terminal PierEdit

Non-commercial port that handles exportation of bananas and other fruit products.

Legaspi Oil Company pierEdit

Non-commercial port that handles exportation of coconut products such as copra, coco oil & copra pellets.

Universal Robina pierEdit

Handles importation of flour grains and similar types.

Davao Union Cement pierEdit

Handles exportation of cement to coal and other ore products.

Piso Point PortEdit

Located at [[[Piso Point]]], Banaybanay town, Davao Oriental province, this port is primarily used for mineral stockpiling and exportation.

Tefasco pierEdit

Handles asphalt and similar products.

Stevedorage Services Corporation pierEdit

The Stevedorage Services Corporation pier handles general cargo, bulk cargo, vehicles and lumber. It is one the busiest piers in the port.[2]

Some Piers also worth mention include the Caltex Pier and Petron Pier.

Bureau of Customs Davao City Office


Facility Data for The Port of Davao[2]
Transit Shed 1,200
Passenger Terminals + Parking 360
Container Yard 33,000
Storage Areas 20,000
Warehouse 6,000

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-12-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e PMO: DAVAO, General Information Archived 2008-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ about Port of Davao
  4. ^ Busiest container port in Mindanao Archived 2009-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b Port of Davao Services
  7. ^ ITCS inc. Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine

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