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.