ICTSI Manila completes berth expansion, to buy 8 RTGs, extends quay
MANILA's International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has completed a berth expansion at its Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), raising annual capacity to 3
20 January 2021 - 19:00
The project included a number of crucial works, the biggest being the berth expansion that adds another 150 metres to Berth 7, creating a 600-metre contiguous berth together with the adjacent Berth 6 to accommodate over 8,000-TEU capacity vessels. The two berths currently have five quay cranes, with a design for up to six quay cranes.
The berth expansion is complemented by the extension of the container yard by about another 5.5 hectares - three hectares designated for laden containers and 2.5 hectares for empties. This adds 200,000 TEU capacity for laden containers and 150,000 TEU for empties.
'This will enable the country to handle added volume that is expected as it gears up for an economic reboot,' said ICTSI vice president Christian Gonzalez.
The additional berth space was completed on time and on budget despite some limitations caused by the Covid crisis, with strict safety and health protocols implemented throughout the project construction and completion.
Said MICT chief executive Anders Dommestrup: 'This project is part of our commitment to ease business activities and transactions at the port.'
MICT plans to acquire eight eco-friendly hybrid rubber tyred gantries next year to add to the 32 hybrid RTGs acquired starting in 2018.
The programme also involves dismantling MICT's first quay crane to be replaced over three years by three new quay cranes capable of servicing vessels of over 12,500 TEU.
Meanwhile, the MICT is also refurbishing Berths 1 to 5 and their back up areas in preparation for the next 25 years of operation. This includes the installation of 450 reefer plugs for FEU expected to be operational by April this year, refurbishment of Berths 1 to 4 by September this year, and the upgrade of the yard infrastructure of Berths 1 to 5 by the end of 2022.
The Manila terminal will also upgrade the entire facility's lighting this year, eliminating light spills and glare while lowering energy consumption by as much as 75 per cent. This will also provide a safer traffic environment with improved lux-levels of 5 to 8 times.
By April, an additional truck ingress, equipped with optical character recognition, will be operational with additional automation to further improve gate service.
MICT continues to engage with customs to improve unimpeded flow and online cargo release that reduces time from filing of entry and more seamless x-ray and inspection procedures.
ICTSI's portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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