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Manila International Container Terminal: Implementing the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS)

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Author(s): Jupiter Kalambakal, Public Relations Manager, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), Manila, Philippines

The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the flagship operation of global port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), continues to perform optimally through the first half of 2017 as the terminal gears up for the peak season in the latter part of the year. The robust performance comes after MICT achieved record volume and productivity in December, 2016 with its first year-to-date 2 million TEU move.

Yard utilization at the terminal remains optimal. The mechanisms developed together with the Philippine government and other stakeholders in 2014 continue to work, resulting in the easing of road traffic in Metro Manila despite inadequate transport infrastructure.

A key mechanism implemented was the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), a vehicle booking system developed by Australia-based 1-Stop Connections. A similar booking system was implemented at ICTSI’s Victoria International Container Terminal at the Port of Melbourne.

Launched in October, 2015, TABS, a webbased booking appointment system for container trucks coming in and going out of the port, was adopted to redress the pileup of container traffic in the terminals of Manila, the Philippines’ capital city, including the rationalization of container truck flow in congested city roads.

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