International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has revealed that it is upgrading its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) with hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) from Mitsui.
Equipped with a 200kVA lithium-ion battery and a smaller diesel engine, the new equipment is expected to “dramatically” improve the terminal’s carbon footprint.
In addition to this, ICTSI predicts that the RTGs will boost the productivity of MICT’s container yard, enabling the Philippines’ largest and most technologically advanced terminal to meet rising levels of demand.
Jupiter Kalambakal, of ICTSI, discusses the Manila Terminal in a recent Port Technology technical paper
ICTSI has agreed a group-wide commitment to ensuring an environment-friendly supply chain, which will be achieved by expanding the use of energy-efficient cargo handling equipment and vehicle fleets at its terminal facilities.
The new RTGs at MICT will reaffirm the company’s efforts by allowing for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and lower levels of noise pollution, as well as a 60% increase in fuel economy.
Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Global Corporate Head, said: “As we continuously drive economic growth in our home operations, ICTSI will always be at the forefront of innovation with ports equipment and adaptive technology that ensures increasing productivity while reducing carbon footprint.”
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ICTSI has also announced that two super post-Panamax quay cranes and twelve more hybrid RTGs are arriving before the end of the first half of 2019.
The new equipment will support capacity improvements currently underway at MICT, which includes the first phase construction of Berths 7 and 8, as well as back-up areas for the future Berths 9 and 10.