Manila ports ready for holiday season – PPA
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) assured the public that Manila’s ports are ready to handle the influx of cargoes during the Christmas season.
PPA general manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said the productivity of the three Manila ports, which include the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the Manila South Harbor (MSH) and the Manila North Port (MNP) continues to be strong.
“As of the moment, the combined yard utilization at the two international Manila ports MICT and MSH is at 60.12 percent or about 20 percent below the optimum level of 80 percent,” Santiago said.
“It is also worthy to note that both terminals posted at least a 10 percent increase in their respective productivity as of the end ofbSeptember, suggesting a fully functional Manila ports,” he added.
Santiago said the MNP has a yard utilization rate of 43.40 percent, giving the port enough elbow room for anticipated increase in demand.
“With a combined average quay crane productivity of the three terminals at 26 moves per hour per crane, barring any major development, we can guarantee a congestion-fee Manila ports at any given time,” Santiago said.
With container gate-outs almost reaching 8,000 container outs per day, the utilization rate is expected to hover around the 55-60 percent utilization rate until after the Christmas season.