Iloilo Strait

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Coordinates: 10°42′N 122°36′E / 10.700°N 122.600°E / 10.700; 122.600
Iloilo Strait
Iloilo as seen from Guimaras.jpg
View of the Iloilo Strait from Guimaras Island with Iloilo City in the background.
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas
Coordinates 10°42′N 122°36′E / 10.700°N 122.600°E / 10.700; 122.600
Length 25 km (16 mi), NE-SW
A cargo ship of 2GO Freight in the Iloilo Strait, with a pumpboat and Guimaras Island in the background.

The Iloilo Strait is a strait in the Philippines that separates the islands of Panay and Guimaras in the Visayas, and connects the Panay Gulf with the Guimaras Strait. It is the location of the Port of Iloilo, the third busiest of the ports in the Philippines in number of ships.[1] Iloilo City on Panay is the major city located on the strait with Buenavista and Jordan, both on Guimaras, immediately across the strait from the city. The Iloilo River empties into the strait.

Pumpboat ferries cross every few minutes from Iloilo City to Guimaras and vice versa. Ships doing business with the Port of Iloilo often moor in the strait.

History[edit]

The Port of Iloilo was opened for international trade in 1855 and the coming of British Vice-consul Nicholas Loney, a year later, led to the fast development of the sugar industry in the region.[2]

Incidents[edit]

2GO Travel's ferry St. Gregory The Great nearly capsized on 15 June 2013, when it struck rocks under the water near the Siete Picados Islands.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PMO ILOILO". Philippine Ports Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of Iloilo". Iloilo Provincial Government. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ship nearly capsizes in Iloilo Strait; passengers safe". Sun Star Iloilo. June 15, 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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