Port of Davao is located on the west central part of Southern Mindanao. It is considered as the most progressive conduit of trade
and tourism in Southern Philippines and largest market of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)
Location: Sasa Wharf-Baseport is located at Km. 10, Sasa, Davao City. Terminal Management Office of Mati is located at Burgos Street,
Mati Whaft, Mati, Davao Oriental.
Port Limits: The Davao Port harbour limits embraces all the portion of Davao Gulf bounded by an imaginary line drawn from Dumalag Point
running east to the western shoreline of Samal Island to Bassa Point., thence by an imaginary line running straight to the mouth of Lasang River,
and thence by shoreline of mainland (Mindanao Island) to Dumalag Point, the place of commencement. Vessels enter the port through the southern
entrance of Pakiputan Strait. A vessel is considered to be an "arrived ship" and laytime will commence at the pilots' boarding station.
Navigational Approach: A foreign vessel bound for the ports along the coastal stretch of Davao Gulf passess at Sta. Ana anchorage for boarding
formalities and clearance purposes. Then the vessels pass through Pakiputan Strait, excluding vessels bound for the southern portion of the gulf,
to reach their loading and unloading destinations. For exit, vessels have to pass through the same route and in some cases, they take the east of
Samal Island route. The approach to Davao Gulf from the open sea is easy and not in any way restricted. Entrance is wide enough and water depths
are always sufficient even for navigation of very large ships. The water depth in the strait is about 36.00 meters while the width of the clearance
is 0.4 sea miles. There is one shoal opposite Sasa Wharf (near Samal Island) which can be seen during low tide. No navigational aid is installed
to protect traffic from this shoal. Approach to Malalag Bay, a very sheltered place is hindered by some shoals and reefs but not dangerous with
pilot’s guide. Water depths are always sufficient ranging from 16 to 20 fathoms, provided that the correct and necessary courses and directions
are followed. The approach to Davao Gulf from the open sea is easy and not in any way restricted. Entrance is wide enough and water depths are
always sufficient even for navigation of very large ships.
Sea Distance: Port of Davao is 148 nautical miles to General Santos, 272 nautical miles to Cotabato, 332 nautical miles to Zamboanga, 419 nautical
miles to Cagayan de Oro, 385 nautical miles to Nasipit (East Coast), 318 nautical miles to Surigao, 518 nautical miles to Iloilo, 581 nautical miles
to Cebu and 851 nautical miles to Manila.
Entrance Channel/Turning Basin: There are no access channels in the Port of Davao except through Davao Gulf. The first approach through this
gulf is at Pakiputan Strait, between Davao City and the water west of Samal Island. The second approach is between the east side of Samal Island
and the coastline west of Davao Oriental heading toward the tip of Davao Gulf.
Pilot Boarding Station: The Pilot boarding station is located approximately between latitude 7°04'30" North, Longitude 125°38'30" East
Total Port Area: Sasa Wharf-Baseport has a total area of 180,932 square meters; Mati Wharf has a total port area of 7,614 sq. meters.
Berthing Area/s: Sasa Wharf has ten (10) berths and a total berth length of 1,093 meters (Old Quay is 575m. long x 18m. wide, New Quay is 405m.
long x 35m. wide and extension of 113m long x 25m wide) and a controlling depth of 10m alongside. The facility is a marginal wharf that can
accommodate any length of vessel provided its draft is not more than 10 meters MLLW. It can service nine (9) ships an average LOA 115 meters at
one time. Mati Wharf berthing facility is 135m long x 12m wide, concrete wharf on piles.
Draft: Sasa Wharf-10.5 MLLW; Mati Wharf-6.5 MLLW