ICTSI Manila completes berth expansion

ICTSI Manila completes berth expansion
The first vessel to dock at the newly completed Berth 7

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has completed a berth expansion at its flagship, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), which raises MICT’s annual capacity to over 3.3m teu.

The berth expansion adds another 150 m to Berth 7, creating a 600-m contiguous berth together with the adjacent Berth 6 to accommodate over 8,000 teu capacity vessels.

Between theme, the two berths currently have five quay cranes with a design for up to six quay cranes.

In addition to the berth expansion, the container yard has been expanded by about another 5.5 ha, with 3 ha designed for laden containers and 2.5 ha for empties.

This ultimately adds an estimated 200,000 teu capacity for laden containers and 150,000 teu for empties at the terminal.

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president, said: “The added berthing capability and yard space will enable the country to easily handle added volume that is expected as the country gears up for an economic reboot following last year’s trade flow facilitation compilations.

“Moreover, this will enable us to continue performing our tasks as frontliners to move critical goods that are still badly needed.”

Despite some limitations caused by the pandemic, the additional berth space was completed on time and on budget with strict safety and health protocols implemented throughout the project construction and completion.

Anders Dommestrup, MICT executive director and CEO, added: “This project along with the other projects we are implementing are part of our commitment to the government and to our port users to ease business activities and transactions at the port.

“We will continue to invest in terminal facilities to improve our capacity, infrastructure and environmental footprint to provide the highest level of service.”

Under its equipment replacement programme MICT plans to acquire another eight environmentally friendly hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs) in 2022 to add to the 32 hybrid RTGs acquired starting in 2018.

Part of this programme also includes the dismantling of MICT’s first quay crane which will be replaced over the next three years by three new quay cranes all capable of serving vessels of over 12,500 teu capacity.

Meanwhile, MICT is also refurbishing Berths 1 to 5 and their back up areas in preparation for the next 25 years of operation.

This includes the installation of an additional 450 reefer plugs for 40ft containers, expected to be operational by April 2021, as well as refurbishment of Berths 1 to 4 by September and the upgrade of the yard infrastructure of Berths 1 to 5 by the end of 2022.

Additionally, the entire terminal will be upgraded to the newest and more environmentally-friendly LED lighting system this year.

The new lighting system is expected to eliminate light spills and glare while lowering energy consumption by as much as 75%.

In April an additional truck ingress, equipped with optical character recognition, will be operational with additional automation to further improve gate service.

MICT aims to also continue to engage with the Bureau of Customs to improve services in relation to the unimpeded and online release of cargo release to include reduced releasing time from the filing of entry and more seamless X-Ray and inspection procedures.