Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI vice president and MICT general manager, said: “These new orders again demonstrate our commitment to continuously invest in our operated terminals. This policy of continued investments in terminal capacity and enhancements in Manila and around the world helps us maintain our market-leading position while providing superior services to our clients. Furthermore, it shows we are confident of the global economic outlook.” Gonzalez added that an order for eight more RTGs of this kind had been placed.
The newly-delivered RTGs, manufactured by Noell Crane Systems China Ltd, will be in service at the terminal before the end of September, after completing the final commissioning process. The RTGs each have a stacking capacity of one over five high, and can work six containers wide plus truck lane, making them the first of their type in the Philippines. ICTSI has already contracted Singapore-based port equipment engineering firm Portek to increase the heights of MICT’s other RTGs to further increase its yard capacity.
Each of the Noell RTGs is equipped with automatic steering using global positioning (GPS) and automatic container positioning systems, and the telescopic spreader is capable of lifting 41 tonnes. A special fuel-saving device will be installed on each RTG after it has entered service. MICT now has 32 RTGs, the largest RTG fleet in the Philippines.