International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has posted record productivity at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines for August and September.
MICT recorded an increase in berth productivity of 22% and 13% in August and September respectively, and the port attributed this success to its workers.
MICT operations director Jay Valdez said: ““Management acknowledges the excellent work our prime mover, quay crane, rubber tired gantry, and stacker operators have put in to reach high berth productivity.
“As early as 2000, we have been rewarding our operators and, as a result, ICTSI enjoys a very low turnover rate.”
Valdez said he believed that MICT’s reward scheme helped motivate workers.
He said: “Every time we meet our monthly target, we give special citations to the 10 most productive operators per equipment category, a simple way to thank them for their hard work and dedication to ensuring MICT operates with maximum efficiency.”
ICTSI senior vice president and head of Asia Pacific and MICT Christian Gonzalez said the operator was committed to both keeping employees safe and reminding them of their importance in driving the Philippine economy.
Gonazalez said: “ICTSI management and labour work hand in hand in helping this country grow further.
“We also cascade the same labour strategies and share the same global standards and best practices to our global portfolio of 31 terminals in 18 countries.”
As part of its labour scheme ICTSI subsidiaries regularly send manpower to other terminals within the group for training and secondment, although Gonzalez said that the aim is for each terminal to be run completely from local manpower.
ICTSI won the concession for MICT in 1988, and the facility handled 2m teu in a single year for the first time in 2016.