The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is the port authority for the Port of Subic Bay. The SBMA intents to put Subic Bay Freeport at the cutting-edge of maritime-related industries as well as a center for tourism, health care, education, retirement, and logistics. The SBMA managed and develops the container port, oil storage and refueling stations, and the ship-repair and –building facilities at the Port of Subic Bay. The SBMA is also charged with attracting and keeping investments that promote the country’s development, regulating the operation and maintenance of port facilities, operating and supporting tourism-related activities, and protecting the Freeport’s forests.
The Port of Subic Bay has a competitive advantage in securing investments due to its freeport status, as it is a special customs territory where goods and capital equipment can flow freely. Investors in the Port of Subic Bay are exempt from local and national taxes, can import goods duty-free, can invest up to 100% equity in approved economic activates in the Freeport, and receive special resident and investor visas.
The Port of Subic Bay occupies a strategic location in Asia’s ocean-going commercial traffic lanes. It enjoys a large deep-water harbor and seaport, and it offers an attractive alternative to the congested Manila International Container Terminal.
Access to the Port of Subic Bay is through a 644-meter wide channel with a depth of 40 meters. The Port of Subic Bay has five anchorage areas with depths from 27 to 44 meters. The Port of Subic Bay can accommodate dry cargo vessels up to 151.5 thousand DWT with maximum length of 520 meters, beam of 43 meters, and draft of 13 meters. It can accommodate tankers to 68.6 thousand DWT with maximum length of 252 meters, beam of 32.2 meters, and draft of 12 meters.
The Port of Subic Bay requires pilotage for vessels of 500 GRT and above. It is about 1.5 nautical miles from the Pilot Station to the Port of Subic Bay, and it is over five nautical miles from shore to Grande Island. Vessels must get clearance to enter Subic Bay at least 24 hours before they arrive, and application for entry must be filed at least 72 hours before the vessels estimated arrival time.
The Port of Subic Bay has a total of 4.7 thousand meters of berthing positions at depths ranging from 7 to 15 meters. The waterfront Alava Wharf has two berths of a total 701 meters. The main wharf has alongside depth of 12 meters, and the Alava extension has a depth of 15 meters. The Bravo Wharf is 411 meters long with alongside depth of 7.5 meters.
The Port of Subic Bay’s Rivera Wharf has a total length of 906 meters in four berths. Rivera Wharf West is 149.7 meters long with alongside depth of 7 meters. Rivera Wharf South is 126.6 meters long with alongside depth of 13 meters. Rivera Wharf East is 335.3 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters. Rivera Wharf North is 294.4 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters. Cubi Point contains three wharves. The Boton Wharf is 648.3 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters. The Pol Pier is 253 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters, and the Leyte Pier is 300 meters long with alongside depth of 15 meters.
The Nabasan and Camayan Wharves are located at NavMag at the Port of Subic Bay. The Nabasan Wharf is 180 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters, and the Camayan Wharf is 135 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters.
Three berths are located in the Port of Subic Bay’s Subic Shipyard, all with alongside depth of 9 meters. C-Quay is 300 meters long, E-1 Quay is 255 meters long, and E-2 Quay is 205 meters long.
Sattler Pier and the Marine Terminal at the handle most of the commercial container cargo traffic at the Port of Subic Bay, while the remaining wharves complement and support the main commercial Port of Subic Bay. With berthing stations on either side, the Sattler Pier is 180 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters. The covered Marine Terminal Pier is 225 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters and has berthing stations on either side. The Sattler Pier lot covers almost 4.4 thousand square meters, and the Marine Terminal Pier covers an area of over 15.7 thousand square meters. The Marine Terminal contains a transit shed of almost 8.3 thousand square meters. The combined piers can handle 139.6 thousand TEUs per year. The container marshalling yard covers almost 30 thousand square meters, and the area includes a 42-hectare storage compound. The Stattler Pier and Marine Terminal contain 70.6 thousand square meters of covered storage area and about 164 thousand square meters of open storage.