Image courtesy of the ICTSI.
International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has taken delivery of three new quay cranes — enabling it to handle the largest container ships operating in the region.
On Thursday June 7, 2018 two Neo-Panamax and one Post-Panama cranes manufactured by ZPMC were delivered to the Philippines container terminal.
The new cranes, which will be positioned at berths 5 and 6, are the largest port handling equipment in the country and will allow MICT to handle up to 14,000 TEU container ships.
These additions bring the container terminal’s total fleet size to 16, the largest fleet in the country, and two more cranes are set to arrive in 2019.
With the increased fleet MICT expects substantial quayside productivity gains, reducing the duration of port stays for vessels.
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Head of Global Corporate and Regional Head of Asia Pacific at the ICTSI, Christian R. Gonzalez, commented: “We are now ready for the era of super-sized ships.
“With the arrival of the new Neo-Panamax cranes, MICT is ready to address the pressing demand and volume increase by servicing larger vessels.
“Combined with our unparalleled customer focus and highly trained staff, the new cranes allow MICT to deliver even greater efficiencies to the benefit of our customers and the entire supply chain.
“The new cranes, along with other planned improvements at the MICT, will further boost the port’s already efficient turnaround times.
“This will redound to economic benefits benefiting the entire Philippine supply chain.
“By investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, we are strengthening MICT’s position as one of the best-equipped and most technologically advanced terminals serving the intra-Asia trade.”
In December 2016, MICT reached its first year-to-date two-million TEU move, triggering a multi-million dollar capacity improvement commitment with the Philippine Ports.