PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
PPA chief optimistic shipping lines to continue operation in Nasipit portby Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -– Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Port Manager Renato Tolinero on Thursday said he is optimistic that shipping lines will continue their operation in Nasipit Port despite of the less volume of passengers these days.
In an interview over a radio station here, Tolinero admitted that ship passengers are getting lesser these past few days compared to the previous years because of the access of air line companies in Caraga Region especially here in the city.
However, the official said Shipping Lines are not dependent on the volume of passengers they will have. He added the cargoes are among their transactions where shipping line managements can get more of its income.
“Although passengers are getting lesser, it’s not much of the volume of passengers that they are getting their income. In most cases, the basis for their income is not on the passenger’s fees but on the cargoes’ fees,” Tolinero said.
This developed after local residents in Nasipit are getting worried of the situation that may result to the closure of the Nasipit port because shipping lines might discontinue their operations.
It was learned that more flights are added this year in Butuan City by the two airline companies: Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) bound for Manila and Cebu City, while Shipping Lines voyages here are also bound for Manila, Cebu and Bohol.(PIA-Caraga)