New quay cranes to boost MICT’s port capacity

MICT's new quay cranes 7 June 2018

The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the Philippines’ biggest container terminal has acquired a pair of Neo-Panamax and Post-Panamax quay cranes.

Philippine Ports Authority general manager Jay Daniel Santiago expects the new cranes would boost the capability of the MICT and guarantee a congestion-free international container terminal.

“This is by far the biggest crane that any port in the Philippines that would enable the port to handle ships with capacity of up to 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs),” Santiago said.

“We expect other ports to follow suit as we continue to drive towards our vision of a globally competitive port by 2020,” Santiago stressed.

The new quay cranes were manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). The quay cranes are part of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI)’s $80 million capital equipment program for MICT.

The pair of Neo-Panamax cranes and the Post-Panamax crane will be positioned at Berths 6 and 5.

Upon full commissioning, MICT customers can expect quayside productivity gains that would translate to shorter port stays.

Aside from these pair of cranes, MICT is still set to receive 8 Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) Cranes by November 2018 and two quay cranes next year.

With the new acquisitions, the MICT now has a total of 16 quay cranes, the largest fleet in the country.

In December 2016, MICT reached its first two million TEUs move, triggering a multi-billion-peso capacity improvement commitment with the PPA, in line with the growing consolidation trend among major carriers and the advent of larger vessels.



PAL chief gets Rotary Club award

PAL president Bautista gets Rotary Club of Manila Tourism Hall of Fame Award June 7, 2018

The Rotary Club of Manila has awarded Philippine Airlines (PAL) President Jaime J. Bautista (3rd from left) the Tourism Hall of Fame Award for his long-standing contribution to tourism promotions as prime mover of PAL’s efforts to pioneer tourism worldwide. Presenting the award, from left, are Rotarian Farid Schoucair, General Manager of New World Makati Hotel, Rotarian Bobby Joseph, Chairman of Rotary Club of Manila Tourism Award Committee and Rotary Club of Manila President Jimmie Policarpio.

PAL buys new Airbus A350-900 jets

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has acquired the first Airbus A350-900, shown here taking off from the Airbus assembly plant at Toulouse Blagnac airport in France on June 7. The ultra-modern aircraft, due for delivery in mid-July, will be deployed on PAL’s long-haul routes to Europe and the North American east coast.

PAL 1st A350-900 June 7, 2018