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21 April 2017

World’s 5th biggest carrier starts Kaohsiung-Subic route

Another global shipping company has made the Subic Bay Freeport its port of call of choice, bringing to five the number of major shipping lines that operate in the country’s premier free port.

Evergreen Line, which is based at Taoyuan City in Taiwan, is the world’s fifth biggest shipping firm and operates in 240 ports in 80 countries worldwide. It commenced operations here on Wednesday (April 19) with the arrival of M/V Cape Fulmar, a 1,440-TEU vessel home-ported at the Marshall Islands.

According to Evergreen boarding officer Andy Dela Cuesta, the arrival of Cape Fulmar marked the start of Evergreen’s once-a-week rotated schedule from the port city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan to Batangas and Subic in the Philippines, and back to Kaohsiung.

Cape Fulmar, which has berthed at Subic’s New Container Terminal (NCT), unloaded 200 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vans and 70 forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU) container vans for companies in Subic and Clark like Yokohama, Lepanto Tiles, and Coam Philippines.

Before it departs, the ship will load 39 containers of products for shipment, Dela Cuesta added.

The Evergreen official also said that some of their customers in Manila are now considering putting up warehouses in Subic, noting the easy access to Subic Freeport via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).

The entry of Evergreen in Subic, according to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Wilma Eisma, “will definitely boost the timely transshipment of goods in Central and Northern Luzon and improve the competitiveness of these areas in terms of the delivery of raw materials and finished products.”

“Time is one major concern of investors and manufacturers in Central and Northern Luzon— their raw materials should arrive on time and their finished products must be delivered as scheduled. And this is where Subic comes in to provide ease and cost-efficiency,” Eisma added.

The SBMA administrator also said that as her administration is keen on increasing container traffic in the Subic Bay Freeport, the agency is actively promoting the Subic as an ideal shipping port, pointing out that it is the only port in the country’s Western seaboard that can accommodate a sizable quantity of cargo container.

“Along this line, the arrival of Evergreen is a major development for Subic,” Eisma added.

Taiwan is now among the Philippines’ biggest trading partners, with around $7.85 billion worth of bilateral trade in 2015. Currently, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone hosts 52 Taiwanese companies with $500 million worth of investments and over 12,000 jobs generated.

Thus far, Evergreen is the fifth major international shipping line to call on Subic and connect the free port to major economies in Asia. The others are American President Lines (APL), which is based in Singapore; Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) of Japan; Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) of Japan; SITC Container Lines of China; and Wan Hai Lines of Taiwan.

Evergreen, which has 190 ships and some $4.6 billion in revenue, is also the fifth biggest shipping company in the world, according to NYK places No. 14 in the same list, while Wan Hai is at No. 19.

In 2015, it was named “Best Global Shipping Line” by Asia Cargo News at the Asian Freight Logistics and Supply Chain Awards for consistent excellence in customer service, innovation and quality of services provided. (RAV/HEE/MPD-SBMA)


[1] A tugboat nudges MV Cape Fulmar into position at the New Container Terminal-2 in the Subic Bay Freeport on Wednesday. The arrival of the container vessel marked the start of a Kaohsiung-Subic- Kaohsiung route for Evergreen Lines, the world's 5th biggest shipping line. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[2] Container trucks line up at the New Container Terminal-2 in the Subic Bay Freeport on Wednesday, as MV Cape Fulmar unloads cargo containers to mark the start of a Kaohsiung-Subic- Kaohsiung route for Evergreen Lines. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[3] Officials of the Taiwanese shipping giant Evergreen Lines proceed to the dockside at Subic’s New Container Terminal-2 on Wednesday to welcome the arrival of MV Cape Fulmar, which marked the start of a Kaohsiung-Subic- Kaohsiung route. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

Investors flock to Subic, Clark

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign and local investors continue to flock to the Subic-Clark area ahead of upcoming big-ticket projects by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

SBMA chairman Martin Diño said his agency intends to develop a 3,000-hectare expansion project to be known as Subic 2.

“We will develop a 3,000-hectare project, similar to the size of Makati, which will be our answer to Clark Green City,” Diño said.

“This will create another 150,000 new jobs with 1,500 new locators with complete facilities,” he added.

According to the SBMA official, 900 hectares of the planned Subic 2 development have already been sold to a Filipino-Chinese-Singaporean consortium.

SBMA said there is no more available land space in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone to cater to new investors looking for large areas for their new facilities, thus compelling the agency to endorse these investors to other areas such as Clark or Bataan.

The planned Subic Freeport expansion is part of the P140-billion projects which SBMA intends to develop within the term of President Duterte. The projects, which include construction of roads that will shorten the travel time of cargo trucks and passenger vehicles to and from Northern Luzon and Metro Manila, has been endorsed for signing of the President.

Diño said the projects have received strong interest from China, Russia, Japan and South Korea investors.

Apart from SBMA’s projects, BCDA’s Clark Green City development has likewise captured investors’ attention, according to its president and CEO Vince Dizon.

“There are a lot of interest,” Dizon said, noting that educational institution Ateneo is among the latest to indicate plans to set up in Clark Green City.

“Ateneo just sent a letter of interest, they want to reserve 80 hectares,” he said.

BCDA has earlier entered into an agreement with the University of the Philippines for the construction of the UP global campus on a 70-hectare lot inside the Clark Green City. (Richmond Mercurio, Philippine Star)

17 April 2017

Subic-Clark railway project feasibility study now underway

The feasibility study for the Subic-Clark railway project being conducted by China Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd. (CHEC) is now underway.

The multi-billion-peso railway project was proposed to the national government by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

CHEC is a world-renowned international contractor and provider of full services in engineering-procurement-construction (EPC), Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for both public and private sectors, providing prestigious services globally and becoming a world-renowned brand in the field of engineering.

SBMA Seaport general manager Jerome Martinez said the Subic-Clark Railway Transit project is part of the P100-billion elevated coastal highway and railway system that would link Subic to Clark Economic Zone and the Port of Manila.

Martinez said the multi-billion project is currently on its data gathering stage: counting the number of cargo trucks passing through, where the cargos are being sent or collected, and the rates.

Aside from CHEC, the official said that there are other proponents that expressed interest in funding the Subic-Clark Railway Transit project.

“There are, actually, many proponents that would like to join in the project. However, the project is still in its conceptual stage where they do data gathering related to the volume, rates and destinations of the cargoes, the range, elevation and other technical issues,” Martinez said.

Aside from the Seaport Department, other SBMA offices (Engineering Department, Project Development Office, Land Asset Management Department, Ecology Center, and Public Works and Transportation Services Group) are members of the technical group that are coordinating with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in coming up with the feasibility study with engineering consulting firm Atkins.

Meanwhile, PDO manager Vicente Evidente, Jr. explained that the railway development project is one of the priority projects of President Rodrigo Duterte under the “Build, Build, Build” Program that includes Mindanao and Visayas.

For Subic, Evidente said, the railway system will be aligned to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. This would save the government from right-of-way issues. There are also plans to connect it with the Clark-Manila Railway up to the Port of Manila. When finished, the rail system will open new investment opportunities and improve container and passenger traffic, as well as help decongest other ports, especially Manila.

The feasibility study is expected to complete by the third semester of the year, while the Subic-Clark Railway Transit project is expected to be finished before the end of the President’s term. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)

SBMA okays road widening of back door to Morong

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has approved the widening of its backdoor going all the way to Morong town in Bataan.

Governor Abet S. Garcia said that the SBMA board had finally given priority to the project that will make travelling from SBMA to nearby Morong town faster and safer for motorists.

Morong gate in Subic Bay Freeport Zone

“The road widening of SBMA backdoor to Morong will reduce travel time and fast track economic growth in Morong and Bataan itself,” Garcia said, adding: “dati-dati, kailangan pang huminto ang isang sasakyan pag may kasalubong, dahil masikip ang kalsada doon.”

He said 70 percent of SBMA total land area belongs to Bataan.

The road widening of SBMA backdoor will connect Morong town all the way to Bagac-Mariveles bypass road, a pet project initiated by the governor, whose road concreting program is now almost finished.

Private developer Engr. Joel Alegre, president and chief executive officer of the United Power Systems Phil., Inc. (UPSPI), a Manila-based firm, visited the governor to offer the installation of state-of-the-art electrical gadgets such as road lights, flood and air monitoring devices, among others.

Aside from offering hi-tech road lights and electrical gadgets, Engr Alegre is also developing a 142 -hectare lot in Morong into a world-class mountain resort hotel, with condominiums, a Central Business District and golf course which is to be called Amanterra.

“A new city will rise in Morong once Amanterra is fully developed, and this will be patronized by the public due to its unique view and pollution -free condition,” Alegre told Garcia.

Morong, host to the Anvaya beach resort and hotel owned by the Ayalas and the Bataan Technology Park, Inc., is becoming economically developed.Development started during the stint of Jorge and Cynthia Estanislao, both medical doctors, who managed this town as mayors for a long period. (Mar Supnad, Manila Bulletin)

11 April 2017

Evergreen adds Subic to Korea-Taiwan-Philippines service

Taiwan’s carrier Evergreen will add Subic to its existing Korea-Taiwan-Philippines (KTP) service from next month, utilising Subic’s New Container Terminals 1 and 2 operated by Manila-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).

The addition of Subic to Evergreen’s KTP service will open the port to direct trade links with South Korea and Taiwan. The trade will also include transshipment service for overseas cargo.

Cargo unloading at the container terminal in Subic Bay Freeport

The first Evergreen container ship is scheduled to make its maiden call at Subic on 19 April. The weekly KTP service port rotation is Korea’s Incheon and Kwangyang, Taiwan’s Kaohsiung, the Philippines’ Batangas, Manila and Subic, and back to Kaohsiung.

Roberto R. Locsin, general manager of ICTSI subsidiary Subic Bay International Terminal Corp, commented: “Our inclusion in the KTP service is a clear indication that the markets of central and northern Luzon are growing, and will benefit from another large global carrier participating in this growth.”

In December 2016, the Taiwan Maritime and Port Bureau (TMPB) expressed interest to partner with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to increase container transhipment traffic between the ports of Taiwan and Subic.

The Philippines has been able to capitalise on Taiwan’s ‘Southbound Policy’ which aims to strengthen trade and investment relationship between Taiwan and countries south of the latter’s territory.

Taiwan is the Philippines’ sixth biggest trading partner, facilitating around $7.85bn worth of bilateral trade in 2015. South Korea, on the other hand, is the Philippines’ fifth largest trading partner in 2015 with bilateral trade reaching $13.4bn in 2014.

Recently, SBMA has urged local government units around the Subic Freeport Zone to start developing industrial parks to accommodate the growing number of investors.

“We’re now seeing the results of our campaign to promote Subic. We are doubling our efforts to sustain the current momentum to ensure we don’t lose on the gains we have achieved in putting Subic at the center of economic growth in central and northern Luzon, ” said ICTSI’s Locsin. (Lee Hong Liang, Seatrade Maritime)

USS Stethem arrives in Subic Bay

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Subic Bay for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States.

The ship’s crew will use the stop to conduct some minor repairs with the assistance of Philippine companies.

The United States and Philippines continue to build upon their 70-year history of partnership through defense cooperation, port visits, and military training activities.

The American and Philippine militaries have worked together on areas of mutual interest including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and maritime security.

USS Stethem is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) transiting waters east of the Korean Peninsula in March.

Subic Bay opens new wave pool

A newest attraction was opened here last Saturday, giving tourists another reason to spend their vacation in this premier Freeport.

The Moonbay Marina Waterpark was opened with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Martin Diño and Administrator Wilma Eisma cutting the ceremonial ribbon with Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and other SBMA officials.

Eisma said this new addition to the many tourist spots at the Freeport is geared towards making this area Luzon’s No. 1 tourism site, especially during the summer season. At present, the Subic Bay Freeport ranks as the top tourist destination in Central Luzon.

Moonbay Marina Waterpark’s General Manager Edward Fernandez said that aside from the 3,000 square meter wave pool, the attraction also boasts of a raging river, and 45 big and small cabanas.

Aside from the facilities, the waterpark also houses local and known food stands, its very own food kiosk called the Garden Grill and a full service restaurant, the Captain A,” said Fernandez, adding that their aim is to give the best summer experience possible to visitors. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)


FAMILY DAY IN SUBIC BAY — A mother takes photos of her kids, capturing their fun moments for sharing in social media, during their visit at the Moonbay Marina Waterpark in Subic Bay Freeport last Sunday.

10 April 2017

LOOK: Holy Week 2017 begins in Subic Bay

Rev. Fr. Kenneth Masong of the Diocese of Iba rides a donkey after blessing of the palms in a re-enactment of the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem in the observance of Palm Sunday at Holy Land Subic prayer sanctuary in Hermosa, Bataan.

Rev. Fr. Masong joins Ayta children for a souvenir photo during Palm Sunday commemoration at Holy Land Subic prayer sanctuary in Hermosa, Bataan Sunday morning.


LOOK: Subic Bay's fisher folk organizes run for a cause

Participants in the 3-kilometer fun run kicks-off the activity dubbed “Takbo para sa pagmamahal ng karagatan”, an annual gathering organized by fishermen in Subic Bay to advocate for the protection of the marine resources which is the main source of their livelihood.

Fishermen also showed their skills in banca boat paddling as they race over the waters of Subic Bay, a side event of “Takbo para sa pagmamahal ng karagatan” held at the Boardwalk area in Subic Bay Freeport zone.

SBMA Administrator and CEO Atty. Wilma T. Eisma (far right) shares a light chat with fisherfolk leaders led by Restituto del Rosario (center), Chairman of Subic Bay Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC).


06 April 2017

Juvenile Olive Ridley sea turtle released

A juvenile green sea turtle was recently released at the Camayan Beach Resort here on March 30.

The sea turtle was rescued in Danacbunga, Botolan, Zambales on March 1. It had a hook stuck in its throat and a wounded right flipper.

According to Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), the sea turtle they named “Wendy” was brought to Wildlife In Need (WIN) animal rescue center here on March 14.

It had undergone a medical procedure to remove the hook and was nursed back to health under the supervision of SBMEI veterinarians.

The SBMEI statement said that "After allowing time for Wendy to heal, the release was made with the guidance of DENR region 3 and Ocean Adventure's animal care team.”

Earlier, another sea turtle they named “Hook” was released on March 23. It was rescued in San Felipe, Zambales on February 22 and was operated on March 3 to remove a hook stuck on its throat. (RFD/MPD-SBMA)


Local tourists and resort staff witness the release of a juvenile Olive Ridley sea turtle back to the sea after it undergone wound treatment at the Ocean Adventure marine theme park in Subic Bay Freeport zone. The rescued sea turtle was turned over weeks ago to the Wildlife in Need animal rescue center by fishermen from Danacbunga village in Botolan, Zambales after it was found with a fishhook stuck in its neck. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

Subic hosts ParaTriathlon Asian meet

Asia’s best paratriathletes converge on April 29 in Subic Bay Freeport Zone for the ASTC ParaTriathlon Asian Championships 2017.

Organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) under the supervision of technical officials of the ITU and the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), the event has attracted close to 50 participants from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, and Kygyzstan.

The Philippines will be led by Sixto Ducay and the blind siblings Jerome and Joshua Nelmida.

The technical delegate in the race is Koji Koganezawa while Daniel Sng of Singapore is the referee.

The race, supported by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Subic Travelers Hotel, ASTC, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, and Gatorade, will start at the ACEA Beach Resort for the 750 meter swim followed by 18 kilometer biking reaching up to Argonaut Highway and 5 kilometers running along San Bernardo Road finishing near ACEA.

At stake for the Top 3 winners of the paratriathlon categories of PT1, PT2, PT3, PT4 and PT5 are qualifying points to the World ParaTriathlon Championships, specially designed medals and winners’ t-shirts. The awarding ceremony will take place at 5PM at the finish line area and will be graced by Asian Triathlon Confederation president Justin Park and PHILSPADA president Mike Barredo (Manila Bulletin)

05 April 2017

Subic Freeport gears up for holy week events

Honoring tradition, this premier Freeport is gearing up for the most solemn Catholic event, the Holy Week.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Atty. Wilma T. Eisma unveiled the agency’s plans for the upcoming Holy Week events yesterday, showing that this Freeport is not without observance of its religious traditions.

The start of the Holy Week will be welcomed with the Reenactment of Jesus Christ Entering Jerusalem at the San Roque Chapel, the oldest chapel in the area. This day’s event will culminate with the Blessing of the Palm on April 9, Palm Sunday.

Eisma said that aside from the event in San Roque Chapel, there will also be another reenactment in Holy Land, where a priest presiding in the mass will ride a donkey towards the chapel there. There will also be an animal parade at the religious theme park as mass goers will be able to interact with two camels, two donkeys, sheep, horses and ponies.

“On April 10 and 11, a ‘Pabasa’ will be held also in San Roque Chapel. And on Wednesday, a procession will be held at the San Roque Chapel, while the Boardwalk area will have food and specialty shops, with entertainment from local bands and DJs to liven up the place,” Eisma said.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Washing of the Feet and the Reenactment of the Last Supper will be held at the San Roque Chapel. Tourists will be able to visit the chapel as part of the Visita Iglesia tradition on Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday events will include Private Station of the Cross at the San Roque Chapel, Guided Way of the Cross Meditation at the Holy Land, and a stage play of “The Passion and Death of Jesus” at the Boardwalk area.

Part of the Black Saturday events is the Black Saturday Concert at the Boardwalk area, and an Easter Vigil Mass will be held at the San Roque Chapel. The mass will include the Blessing of Paschal Candle, Blessing of Fire and Blessing of Water.

“And on Easter Sunday, we will have the ‘Salubong’ procession and an Easter Egg Hunt at the San Roque Chapel grounds. The ‘Salubong’ procession will be held at the Dewey Avenue as the Risen Christ and Mary Dolorosa will meet up at the San Roque Chapel,” Eisma said.

Eisma also said that these events are part of the SBMA’s thrust to show that the agency honor religious Filipino traditions and would like to make this an opportunity to get families closer while in Subic Bay Freeport. (JRR/MPD-SBMA)


[1] Holy Week 2017 schedule of activities to be held in various locations at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

[2] Schedule of activities for this year's Holy Week at the Holy Land

SBMA intensifies cooperation with BOC to curb smuggling outside the Freeport

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is intensifying its cooperation with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to guard against the smuggling of goods outside the Freeport’s borders.

“The SBMA is very vigilant about cases like this and we are closely working with the BOC to ensure that Subic Bay’s tax-free regime is not being used and abused in attempts to smuggle out goods from the Freeport,” SBMA Administrator Wilma Amy T. Eisma said.

At the same time, Eisma denied reports of rice smuggling in the Freeport, saying the agency will not allow any rice shipment to even enter Subic Bay waters under SBMA jurisdiction without a permit from the National Food Authority (NFA).

She said that before any rice shipment or any cargo comes into the Freeport, these should first undergo strict evaluation by the SBMA.

The SBMA Administrator was responding to information reportedly received by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol that Subic Bay Freeport is being used as an entry port to smuggle rice inside the country.

“Tinatanong muna namin kung may permiso yan sa NFA. Kung walang permiso, wag na kayong dumaong,” Eisma said in a radio interview.

Furthermore, she added that apart from it being a regulated product, rice is usually shipped as bulk cargo and it is only when it reaches the pier that the grains are packed in sacks thereat, making it difficult for someone to hide the shipment.

Eisma clarified that the task of guarding against smuggling is not solely on SBMA’s shoulders, but more so, it is the responsibility of the customs bureau.

“Under the law, one can pretty much bring anything into the Freeport for as long as it is not illegal. The important thing is that these goods should not be brought out of the Freeport without paying the proper duties and taxes,” she said.

“Ang pagbabantay po ng pagbabayad ng buwis ay nasa Bureau of Customs, kaya po dalawa na po kaming nagbabantay,” Eisma said. (RBB/MPD-SBMA)

02 April 2017

USS Fitzgerald in brief call at Subic port

THE Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived on Friday in Subic Bay for a brief port call and minor repairs.

The United States Embassy in Manila said the brief port call highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the US.

The USS Fitzgerald arriving in Subic Bay Freeport

According to the Embassy, the ship’s crew will use the stop to conduct some minor repairs with the assistance of Philippine companies.

The US and Philippines continue to build upon their 70-year history of partnership through defense cooperation, port visits, and military training activities.

Both American and Philippine militaries have worked together on areas of mutual interest including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter terrorism, cyber security, and maritime security.

USS Fitzgerald is forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Manila Times)

30 March 2017

China’s JOVO prepares ship-to-ship cargo handling in Subic Bay

All is set for China’s leading clean energy service provider JOVO Group Company Ltd. Guangdong to commence its ship-to-ship (STS) operations here for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The STS transfer operations involve mother vessels loaded with LNG which were transferred to vessels before shipping to ports of China.

A petroleum carrier that transports Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LNG) through ship-to-ship transfer

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator Atty. Wilma Eisma said that the SBMA Board of Directors recently approved the STS operations of JOVO in Subic Bay and preparations for the maiden voyage tentatively scheduled on the third week of April is in the progress.

“We are expecting more STS operators to use Subic Bay as their hub. Because it is more cost-effective due to its strategic location,” Eisma said.

SBMA Seaport General Manager Jerome Martinez said JOVO will bring LNG to the Philippines from Australia and Indonesia using a 94,000-ton mother vessel. While anchored, it will be transferred to smaller 47,000-tonnage feeder vessels and bring them to China.

In terms of revenue, it is expected that the Port of Subic will earn $500,000 from services, including tug boat services, port services and anchorage, chandlers, bunkering and food supplies.

Aside from JOVO, Martinez said that three more ship-to-ship service providers have expressed keen interest to operate in Subic Bay.

“There are actually four proponents of ship-to-ship operations that submitted letters of intent to operate here in Subic Bay,” Martinez said.

“They already presented their proposals to a committee, headed by SBMA director Cecille Bitare, which evaluates STS proposals prior to approval of the board,” Martinez added. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)

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