International cargoes handled by the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) reached a record high last year after shippers diverted their cargoes from the congested Manila ports.
Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) which operates BCT said the number of TEUs handled in Batangas reached 98,000. ATI ended the year with a consolidated throughput of 1.02 million twenty-footer-equivalent units (TEUs), up 8.6 percent from 2013.
Building on the momentum, ATI is further improving its services and port processes this year through continuous investment on equipment, facilities and technology, aligned with its expansion plans and investment commitment with the Philippine Ports Authority.
In April last year, ATI said that it is adding a wide range of equipment to boost the operational efficiency and service reliability of Manila South Harbor, including a new Liebherr quay crane at the gateway port.
ATI’s new quay crane, capable of handling post-panamax ships with 60-ton twin-lift capacity and boom reach of 16 containers wide, was deployed at the newly rehabilitated Pier 3, which was outfitted last year with extended crane rails and expanded back-up container storage areas. The new crane brings the combined strength and synergy of ATI’s ship-to-shore cranes to nine.
Complemented by three quay cranes at Pier 3, six quay cranes at Pier 5, a growing fleet of modern RTGs and other container handling equipment, Manila South Harbor is primed up to handle more and bigger ships at faster vessel and truck turnaround time.
Alongside the acquisition of more equipment, ATI is also enhancing its yard footprint within the Manila South Harbor expanded port zone to better manage the flow of containers.
ATI said that besides the new quay crane, the company is deploying six more RTGs.
Two of these would be ready to support the safe and efficient cargo handling operations at Manila South Harbor upon assembly completion by May.
As part of its contractual commitments with the Philippine Ports Authority, ATI is continuously bolstering the operational capability and efficiency of both Manila South Harbor and Batangas Port through process improvements, equipment acquisition and infrastructure development to better serve the country’s growing economy in both the consumer driven Manila market and the industrial driven Calabarzon(Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) market, respectively.