The project included the expansion of a berth that added another 150 meters to Berth 7 to accommodate over 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit capacity vessels. The two berths currently have five quay cranes, with a design for up to six quay cranes.
ICTSI executive vice president Christian R. Gonzalez said the berth expansion would strengthen MICT’s capacity to service the world’s larger box ships.
“The added berthing capability and yard space will enable the country to easily handle added volume that is expected as the country gears up for an economic reboot following last year’s trade flow facilitation complications. Moreover, this will enable us to continue performing our tasks as frontliners to move critical goods that are still badly needed,” Gonzalez said.
The additional berth space was completed on time and on budget despite some limitations caused by the pandemic, with strict safety and health protocols implemented throughout the project construction and completion.
MICT executive director and CEO Anders Dommestrup said the company would continue to invest in terminal facilities to improve its capacity, infrastructure and environmental footprint to provide the highest level of service.
For next year, the company plans to acquire another eight environmentally friendly hybrid rubber tired gantries to add to the 32 hybrid RTGs acquired starting in 2018.
Part of the replacement program includes the dismantling of the MICT’s first quay crane this year which will be replaced over the next three years by three new quay cranes all capable of servicing larger vessels of over 12,500-TEU capacity.
MICT is also refurbishing Berths 1 to 5 and their back up areas in preparation for the next 25 years of operation. These include the installation of an additional 450 reefer plugs for 40 footers 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.
It continues to engage with the Bureau of Customs to continue to improve services in relation to the unimpeded and online release of cargo release to include reduced releasing time from filing of entry and more seamless X-ray and inspection procedures.