Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has received eight new hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes as International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) looks to utilise environmentally sustainable technology at its flagship hub.
Manufactured by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) of Japan, the Li-ion hybrid RTGs are expected to reduce emissions by more than 50% compared to the previous RTGs.
In recent times, the operator has worked to reduce yard utilisation following gate access efforts and support from the Philippines government to fast track the movement of 4,000+ overstaying import containers out of the port.
Capacity improvements are also underway, featuring the first phase construction of Berths 7 and 8, and back-up areas for the future Berths 9 and 10.
It is hoped that the berth expansion will strengthen MICT’s ability to service large container vessels while the back-up areas are meant to add flexibility to deal with weather-related issues and regulatory changes.