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CEZA to develop Port Irene as international pier

Sta. Ana, Cagayan (26 February) -- The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is now on set to develop the Port Irene pier to be a major hub for domestic and international shipping traffic in the northern region of the Philippines.

The Port Irene located at Sta. Ana, Cagayan will be rehabilitated and expanded with a project cost of 3 billion pesos approved by the President.

Engr. Julian Jovy Gonzales, Officer In Charge and Engr. Ralph Iloy presented the proposed port international container terminal plan to the Regional Development Council members when they visited the area.

Gonzales said the port needs rehabilitation and expansion because of the signs of structural deteriorations that manifest in the pier deck, holes, and rebars are already exposed.

In the initial contemplated plan, Gonzales said the port will be redeveloped into a larger, modern and sophisticated seaport. The salient feature of the envisioned seaport zone includes three core zones- a major transshipment facility, a major fishing port and a shipping/ repair facility.

The core zones include a wharf for ocean going and coastwise shipping vessels, landing area for commercial fishing vessels and small boats, container areas with loading and unloading equipment, fish market, cold storage, fish processing, canning and packing plants.

"The plan also includes the erection of a lighthouse, seawall, temporary warehousing facilities, terminal and administration center, ground transport terminal, service and utilities area, and shipbuilding and repair facilities," Iloy said.

Gonzales and Iloy further stated that the port would also include an integrated electronic data communication system that will eventually gear up to a "paperless" port.

The development of the port is premised on its proximity to the major seaports in Taiwan and Hongkong, thus the rehabilitation caters the demand of international shipping for a good and sound harbor.

Meantime, the Phase I of the breakwater project was completed last year and the Phase II will commence this 2nd quarter of 2009. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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