ICTSI Manila expands equipment fleet

ICTSI Manila expands equipment fleet
The equipment arriving at ICTSI Manila

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has received a new quay crane and eight hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs).

The additional equipment brings its total fleet to 18 quay cranes and 58 RTGs, establishing Manila has having the largest fleet of modern container handling equipment in the Philippines.

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Global corporate head, said: “The new quay cranes and RTGs, along with other improvements, will push a notch higher our terminal’s already efficient turnaround times – quayside and landside.

“This should redound to economic benefits for the Philippine supply chain. At the same time, we are proud of the push that we are undertaking to attain carbon neutrality at our flagship.”

The quay crane is manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd (ZPMC), and is part of the five ordered as part of ICTSI’s 2018 US$80m capacity improvement programme package.

With a reach of up to 16 rows across twin, the quay crane can service the largest feeder vessels calling in the Philippines and it will be deployed at Berth 3.

The eight RTGs are faster and more fuel-efficient than standard diesel RTGs and are a part of the terminal operator’s commitment towards ensuring carbon-neutral operations which includes using energy-efficient cargo handling and vehicle fleets.

As part of its US$380m group-wide capital expenditure, ICTSI has also ordered 16 new hybrid RTGs from Mitsui that are scheduled for delivery in early 2020.

Terminal emissions and fuel consumption are expected to be reduced by up to 40% and 60%, respectively, while increasing MICT’s fleet to 74.

Gonzalez said: “On top of what has already been done, a number of initiatives are currently in place or are being put in place across the ICTSI group to improve productivity and reduce port emissions.

“These include gate automation and gate system upgrades to reduce queuing times, fleet changes to introduce faster and more-efficient fuel equipment, and utilising machine learning and analytics to improve and automate yard strategy and reduce truck stay times.”

These initiatives are expected to have an even greater material impact on indirect emissions from ICTSI port operations, seen to reduce cycle times of more than 20 minutes per truck visit.

At present, MICT is the only Philippine terminal capable of servicing the largest boxships plying Asian routes and to further ramp up capacity ICTSI has begun construction of Berths 7 and 8, and back-up areas for the future Berths 9 and 10.