The Batangas Container Terminal (BCT), managed by listed Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), boosted its January cargo volume by as much as 1,200 percent from a year earlier, attributing the sharp increase to intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport (MCC).
BCT said MCC Transport regularly deploys two weekly services via Batangas.
The increase in January exceeded the 762 percent volume surge recorded for full-year 2014, ATI said in a statement.
BCT handled over 12,000 TEUs (twenty-footer-equivalent units) in January as it continued to expand its role as a comprehensive alternative to Manila as a port serving locators in the Calabarzon region.
BCT’s volume is expected to further pick up steam with ATI’s recent completion of dredging of the Batangas Port’s entrance channel to increase the depth of the turn basin to 13 meters.
MCC’s Philippine Feeder 6 (PH6) service offers faster connectivity between Batangas, Hong Kong and Yantian (Shenzhen) and cuts transit time by more than half for Batangas imports from North Asia via Hong Kong transshipment.
Meanwhile, MCC’s Intra-Asia 9 (IA9) service offers direct export connectivity to Hong Kong and Yantian, as well as export transshipment to major Japan ports via Hong Kong. IA9 also facilitates direct and faster imports from Tanjung Pelepas (Johor, Malaysia) and Singapore to Batangas.
ATI is confident of sustaining BCT’s volume growth this year through its productive partnership with international carriers, support from the Philippine Export Zone Authority, the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Ports Authority, as well as the growing patronage of Calabarzon shippers now benefiting from BCT’s competitive port services, the company said.