The Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), part of the Philippines’ first container barge port in Tanza, will be inaugurated on November 5, 2018.
Construction on CGT began in October 2017 as part of the Build Build Build Programme and, according to the Philippine Department of Transportation, it will facilitate the transhipment of cargo from international ports in Manila to Cavite.
By moving a significant portion of cargo transportation off the roads and into the waterways, CGT is expected to decongest traffic on major roads throughout the region.
The terminal, which was privately funded by operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), has a capacity of 115,000 TEU, and is projected to decrease the number of truck trips by up to 140,000 annually.
Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation Secretary, commented: “We are an archipelago, so this is really a no-brainer.
“This project is also proof that when the government and the private sector work together, beautiful things can happen.”
Barge operations began in September 2018, as part of the dry-run prior to full operations.
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, as well as Arthur Tugade, are set to attend the inauguration ceremony in November.