ICTSI prepares for era of super sized ships
International Container Terminal Services Inc. is spending $22 million to acquire 16 hybrid rubber tired gantries (RTG) for its flagship port.
The purchase is part of its $80 million capital equipment program for the Manila International Container Terminal.
ICTSI senior vice president and MICT head of Asia Pacific Christian R. Gonzalez, said the new RTGs are the first of their kind in the Philippine ports system.
“The new RTGs will improve terminal efficiency and allow us to match demand in terms of operational performance. Terminal utilization currently remains exceptional, and we see no signs of congestion despite the volume influx,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez expects a minimum 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions and up to 60 percent better fuel economy.
The first batch is scheduled for delivery in November next year, with the remaining eight to be turned over by October 2019.
ICTSI is also set to commission five additional quay cranes by 2019, which includes a pair of neo-Panamax cranes.
Upon completion, MICT will become the only terminal in the Philippines capable of servicing neo-Panamax boxships with capacities of up to 13,000 TEUs.
“We are preparing for the era of super-sized ships. All the development we have in the pipeline will ensure MICT, the country’s premier container terminal, will be able to cope with the pressing demand and volume increase,” Gonzalez said.