The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has approved capacity improvements to accommodate larger vessels at International Container Terminal Services’ (ICTSI) flagship operation, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
As part of its contractual obligations with PPA, ICTSI is set to begin construction on berth 7 in mid-October in the first phase of improvements which also includes the construction of berth 8.
The second phase, which will begin in February pending final approvals, will add a full back up area for the future berths 9 and 10.
The additional area aims to give the terminal substantial flexibility to deal with the increasing impact of weather related issues and changes in the regulatory environment when completed.
ICTSI’s global corporate head, Christian R. Gonzalez, said that the berth expansion will have a controlling depth of 13.5 m to 14.5 m to strengthen the terminal’s capacity to service the world’s larger box ships.
Gonzalez said: “On top of our commitments, the construction of these berths is our response to the need for an increase in capacity and increased productivity over the longer term.”
MICT has ordered 16 new rubber-tired gantries (RTG) to be delivered in 2019, of which eight of them will be available by April.
Earlier this year, MICT also received three super post-Panamax quay cranes and expects to have two more delivered by next year.
Gonzalez added: “We also need to accommodate system changes, such as the steady increase in vessel size, the consolidation of major shipping players, and the introduction of rail services.”
ICTSI has also pitched towards greater inter-modal connectivity and said that businesses using the Port of Manila now have flexible options for their containerized cargo needs.
International cargo bound for domestic ports and domestic goods bound for the international market can stay within the port zone due to a direct connection between MICT and domestic gateway NorthPort.
Additionally, transfers are now possible from MICT and NorthPort through the Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal in Calamba and via barge and truck through the Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza
For 2018 alone, the ICTSI group has allocated more than US$380m for capital expenditure, which includes the expansion of the Manila terminal.