THREE units of the largest quay cranes for handling containerized cargoes that have arrived at the Port of Manila are expected to increase the number of containers handled at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) to 3.5 million 20-foot containers per year.
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the Neo- and Post-Panamax cranes imported from China at the MICT would mean more shipments handled, faster handling of shipments, faster processing and release of shipments from the port and faster delivery of cargoes.
The MICT, which is operated by the International Container Terminal Services Inc, currently handles 2.7 million 20-foot containers using its existing gantry cranes.
The three new cranes is part of ICTSI’s $80 million equipment upgrade with two more arriving next year. These will be positioned in MICT’s berths 5 and 6.
Christian Gonzalez, senior vice president and regional head of Asia Pacific & MICT at ICTSI, said the new cranes allows MICT to serve super-sized box ships and with even greater efficiencies for the benefit of shippers and the entire supply chain.