Opening of Malaysia trade route expected soon

The Palawan-Kudat sea trade is expected to happen within the next two or three months. (file photo)

The provincial government has raised hopes the opening of the trade route between Palawan and Kudat, Malaysia will finally happen after it was delayed by the general election in Malaysia held last May 9.

Provincial information officer Atty. Gil Acosta Jr. said that with the election of the 14th parliament of Malaysia, the province is hoping that the opening of the roll-on-roll-off port in Buliluyan, Bataraza will be realized within the next two or three months.

“Give us two to three months to prepare again for the new set of officers in Malaysia. Sana magtuloy-tuloy na kasi both Roro ports are ready – one in Buliluyan and one in Kudat,” he told Palawan News.

The test run for the trade route was initially set in February but was canceled because of Typhoon Basyang.

The fleet of catamaran-type vessels operated by Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation (APFC) is set to service the route linking Palawan, Kudat and Sabah Malaysia. The travel time between Buliluyan Port to Kudat Port in Malaysia is estimated to be six hours.

The vessel has the capacity to transport 275 passengers, 35 vehicles and 12 lorry trucks on the car deck. It has an elevator for persons with disabilities, a cafeteria, and ramp.

The Buliluyan Port, built at a cost of P125 million, was funded by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).


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