International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) continues to invest heavily to improve services at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) to allow the port to improve turn-around time and receive bigger vessels.
ICTSI has earmarked a substantial portion of its 2022 capex for the upgrade of the MICT to effectively serve the increasing volume that comes with a recovering economy.
It is fast-tracking the second phase development of MICT’s Berths 7 and 8, which will add full back-up areas for the future Berths 9 and 10.
ICTSI is likewise refurbishing Berths 1 to 5 and their back up areas, including the installation of an additional 450 reefer plugs for 40 footers, and upgrading the yards of Berths 1 to 5.
As it moves toward sustainable port operations, MICT is acquiring eight new hybrid rubber tired gantries to add to the 32 hybrid RTG fleet acquired starting 2018.
The new RTGs, which are expected to further improve service levels at the terminal will further reduce emissions by 50 percent compared to previous RTGs.
ICTSI will also decommission MICT’s first quay crane this year, which will be replaced over the next three years by three new quay cranes – all capable of servicing larger vessels of over 12,500-TEU capacity.
Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president, said: “With our strong focus on environmental stewardship, we understand how technological innovation goes hand in hand with our thrust to improve our ports’ air quality, energy consumption, and waste and water management. In line with this, we continually invest in port infrastructure and facilities that enhance our operational efficiency while simultaneously helping minimize our environmental impact.”
Despite the impact of global supply chain disruptions to major hubs, yard utilization at MICT continues to be manageable at 63.02 percent, according to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
ICTSI continues to accelerate the movement of overstaying import containers out of its Manila port to improve utilization rate as more imports arrive.