ICTSI completes berth expansion at MICT

Published January 19, 2021, 1:02 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) just finished expanding the berth of its flagship, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), boosting its annual capacity to over 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), as it gears up for the country’s economic reboot.

The project added another 150 meters to Berth 7, creating a 600-meter contiguous berth together with the adjacent Berth 6 to accommodate over 8,000-TEU capacity vessels.

The MOL Success, the first vessel to dock at the newly completed Berth 7, made its maiden call to MICT last 11 January.

At present, the two berths have five quay cranes, with a design for up to six quay cranes.

To complement the berth expansion, ICTSI expanded MICT’s container yard by 5.5 hectares – three hectares designated for laden containers and 2.5 hectares for empties.

This brings the terminal an added capacity for 200,000 TEUs for laden containers and 150,000 TEUs for empties.

“The added berthing capability and yard space will enable the country to handle added volume for its economic reboot,” noted Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president.

Firthermore, “This will enable us to continue performing our tasks as frontliners to move critical goods that are still badly needed.”

ICTSI completed the berth expansion on time and on budget despite limitations due to the pandemic.

“This project is part of our commitment to the government and to our port users to ease business activities and transactions at the port,” according to Anders Dommestrup, MICT executive director and CEO.

“We will continue to invest in terminal facilities to improve our capacity, infrastructure and environmental footprint to provide the highest level of service,” he pledged.

To keep improving service levels, the MICT, under its equipment replacement program, plans to acquire another eight environmentally friendly hybrid rubber tired gantries to add to the 32 hybrid RTGs acquired 3 years ago.

Part of the replacement program includes the dismantling of the MICT’s first quay crane this year which will be replaced over the next three years by three new quay cranes all capable of servicing larger vessels of over 12,500-TEU capacity.

Meanwhile, the MICT is also refurbishing Berths 1 to 5 and their back up areas in preparation for the next 25 years of operation.

MICT will install additional 450 reefer plugs for 40 footers expected to be operational by April this year.

It will refurbish Berths 1 to 4 by September this year, and upgrade the yard infrastructure of Berths 1 to 5 by the end of 2022.

In fact, the MICT is upgrading its entire terminal in 2021 to the newest and more environment-friendly LED lighting system.

This should eliminate light spills and glare while lowering energy consumption by 75 per cent.

The new lighting system will also provide a safer traffic environment with improved lux-levels of 5 to 8 times.

By April this year, an additional truck ingress, equipped with optical character recognition, will be operational with additional automation to further improve gate service.

The MICT continues to engage with the Bureau of Customs for the unimpeded and online release of cargo release to include reduced releasing time from filing of entry and more seamless X-ray and inspection procedures.