ATI: South Harbor holiday cargo ‘flowing smoothly’

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Despite the heavy cargo influx associated with the holidays, Manila South Harbor has not seen signs of slowdown into December, terminal operator Asian Terminals Inc. reported.

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As of the first week of the Christmas month, berth occupancy at Manila South Harbor is below 60 percent, yard utilization is well within international standards at 70 percent, while there are no vessel queues at anchorage, ATI said.

The company said that all these indicate that the terminal has ample space for container storage, has sufficient capacity to handle more vessels, thus no reason to fear any delays to imports during this peak season.

“It’s the best December we’ve ever had at South Harbor. Cargo flow has remained robust and unimpeded, even as we reach this year’s homestretch,” ATI Executive Vice President Andrew Hoad said, encouraging more international carriers to call at Manila South Harbor to take advantage of its efficiencies.

Meanwhile, with barely three weeks to go before the year ends, 2016 is quickly turning out to be the best operational year for Manila South Harbor, bannered by record-breaking volume, highest terminal productivity, and fastest service delivery, Hoad reported.

In September, the terminal handled over 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of international containers for the first time in a single month, besting its equally remarkable performance in May, June and October when it handled more than 90,000 TEUs.

Despite the significant increase in volume, its production has averaged above the industry standard of 25 gross moves per crane per hour (GMPH), and even recorded world-class levels of over 30 GMPH in several months, which is comparable to the production of leading global ports in Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

ATI attributes this to modern machinery, yard capacity and technology, which have continuously expanded over the years in response to growing market demand.

This includes the highly successful Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), an online scheduling system similar to online airline booking, which allows for the orderly daily pull-out and delivery of containers at the port spread across 24 hours. This has resulted in the quicker flow of goods and trucks in and out the terminal without causing heavy traffic on roads.

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