International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is ordering five post-Panamax quay cranes as well as 20 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its terminal in Manila.
The gantry cranes will be capable of servicing up to 13,000 teu boxships at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
The purchase, along with the construction of another berth, is part of ICTSI’s US$80m capital equipment program for MICT.
With a maximum reach of 20 containers across and twin lift rated load capability, the post-Panamax quay cranes are capable of servicing single-ocean box ships, too large to pass through the Panama Canal.
Last year, the terminal reached a milestone of 2m teu handled in one year, triggering a multi-billion peso capacity improvement commitment with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI senior vice president and regional head of Asia Pacific and MICT, said: “Hitting the two-million mark last year is a clear indication that we need to further expand our operation in response to the direction of the market.”
“We also have to address the growing consolidation trend happening with major carriers that have them deploying larger capacity vessels,” he added.
“By the way things are looking, there is a legitimate need to invest in equipment and construct an additional berth in the near future,” Gonzalez continued. “We need to ensure expansion is ahead of the curve in terms of being prepared for an increase in vessel sizes.”
MICT currently has six berths. Two of the new quay cranes will be deployed at Berth 5. Another pair will be deployed at Berths 6 and 7, respectively, while the last crane will be deployed at Berth 3. The first three cranes are scheduled for delivery by 2018, with the remaining two at 2019.
Earlier in 2014, MICT completed the construction of Yard 7, which added four hectares of yard space to the terminal or roughly 500,000 teu, and further extended the terminal’s berth to 1,700 m. With the recent expansion, MICT’s annual capacity increased to 2.75m teu.
ICTSI is also working on the revival of the rail link between MICT and the recently opened Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal in Calamba.
It has additionally recently submitted a proposal to build a roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) barge terminal in Cavite, south of Metro Manila.