Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) 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.
“First of all the spending is going to be on a wide range of terminal improvements. We have a lot of new equipment RTG (rubber-tired gantry) cranes, gigantic container handlers and we have a new quay crane which goes into operation in the next few months, another new quay crane approximately 18 months later, so a very wide range of equipment that we are adding,” Andrew Hoad, executive vice president of ATI said.
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 this year. 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.
“We are also expanding foot prints, as well our land area. We have four new container blocks that we have converted into land in South Harbor. We also adding new technology, bringing in new operating system, a new engineering system, a new finance system, so across the board it’s a very wide range of investments, foot print, equipment and IT [information technology]” Hoad said.