Davao Port Modernization Project Attracts Foreign Bidders

Davao City’s Sasa Wharf Port Modernization project has attracted port operators from Singapore, France and Spain on top of local bidders interested in the project.

In a report, Bollore S.A. of France, Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) S.A. of Spain, and Portek International Pte. Ltd. of Singapore have submitted prequalification bid documents for the Philippines’ first port Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project.

They join San Miguel Corp., whose subsidiary Petron Corporation has a stake at Manila North Harbor Port Inc., and Davao International Container Terminal, which is a joint venture of Anflo Management and Investment Corporation and Dole-Stanfilco, the country’s leading producers and exporters of fresh Cavendish bananas.

Interested bidders are required to submit their credentials by June 30. Prequalified bidders will be notified by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) by July 8. Submission of bid is scheduled on December 7 and issuance of notice of award is set on December 21.

The project will include financing of a new apron, linear quay, expansion of the back-up area, container yards, warehouses, and the installation of new port equipment like ship-to-shore cranes and rubber-tyred gantry over the 30-year concession period.

The winning bidder will likewise operate and maintain the faclility under a Build-Transfer and Operate agreement with government.

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Davao City’s Sasa Wharf consists of an 18-hectare property which includes a 4.15 hectare container yard and 0.2 hectare reefer yard. It has an annual capacity of 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units.

The Davao Sasa Wharf Port Modernization Project is the Aquino Administration’s first PPP project for Mindanao.

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