A pump boat used by the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in Iloilo City
A pump boat propeller and rudder

A pump boat (usually variation as pambot in local languages) is an outrigger canoe (bangka 'boat') powered by a small gasoline or diesel engine. Smaller pump boats might be powered by the sort of small single-cylinder engine used to drive a water pump. Larger ones are often powered by recycled automobile engines.[1]

Pump boats are a utility boat in the Philippines, used for nearly everything from inter-island transportation to fishing and even the Philippine Coast Guard.[2] Pump boats are also used by Sama-Bajau migrants and refugees in Sabah, Malaysia and eastern Indonesia (where it is known as pombot[what language is this?]).[3]

See also


  1. ^ Alexander Spoehr (1980). "Protein from the sea: technological change in Philippine capture fisheries". Ethnology.
  2. ^ Jay L. Batongbacal (2009). "The Law of the Sea, Marine Technology, and Global Social Justice". In Aldo Chircop; Theodore McDorman; Susan Rolston (eds.). The Future of Ocean Regime-Building: Essays in Tribute to Douglas M. Johnston. Martinus Nijhoff. p. 122. ISBN 9789047426141.
  3. ^ Clifford Sather (2001). "Bajau laut boat-building in Semporna". Traversées (35–36): 177–198.