Four new rubber tired gantries (RTGs) have been deployed at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), as part of a major upgrade to the Philippines’ principal container facility.
Operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has confirmed the introduction of the four new diesel-electric RTGs, which will take the MICT fleet of hybrid gantries up to 16.
Later this year a further eight hybrid RTGs are expected to be delivered along with a pair of super post-Panamax quay cranes as the upgrade and expansion of equipment at MICT continues.
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ICTSI has now invested over US$80 million to maintain the position of its Manilla facility as the Philippines’ leading container facility.
By the end of this year, MICT is expected to boast a total fleet size of 18 quay cranes and 58 RTGs – the Philippines’ largest according to ICTSI.
The new RTGs were manufactured by Japanese company Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding. Running on a combination of 22kV battery and diesel power, the fleet is expected to reduce emissions at the terminal by up to 40%.
Capacity at MICT is claimed to have increased five-fold since ICTS won the 25+25 year concession for the terminal in 1988. During that time, as ICTSI’s flagship operation, MICT has grown to become one of the most technologically advanced in the Asia Pacific region, switching from manual operation to an integrated real-time terminal control system.