International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has announced it has recently taken delivery of another quay crane and eight new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTGs) for its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), establishing the terminal as having the largest fleet of container-handling equipment in the Philippines.
According to a statement, the equipment is manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd (ZPMC), the quay crane is part of the five from ICTSI’s 2018 US$80 million capacity improvement program package.
The quay crane has a reach of up to 16 rows across and it can serve the largest feeder vessels calling at the Philippines.
Complementing quayside improvements, the eight RTGs are also part of the 2018 16-unit order from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
ICTSI says they are faster and more fuel-efficient than standard RTGs, they are the most eco-efficient landside port equipment in the country, and will play a pivotal role in its commitment to ensuring carbon-neutral operations in its equipment.
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Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Global Corporate Head, had this to say: “The new quay cranes and rubber-tired gantries, 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.
“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 fuel-efficient equipment, and utilizing machine learning and analytics to improve and automate yard strategy to reduce truck stay times.
“Taken all together, these 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.”