The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is evaluating a proposal submitted by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) to develop a common-user barge and RoRo (roll on-roll off) terminal in Cavite province.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that ICTSI’s proposal, called the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), is in line with the agency’s proposed national transport plan to move goods through nautical highways more efficiently.
ICTSI is the operator of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
The CGT will be located within a six-hectare property in Tanza, Cavite. ICTSI said the terminal would have a level of integration with other major Luzon port facilities for more cost-effective and time-bound access to the Cavite market for both inbound and outbound cargo.
Cavite was identified as the prime location for such a project primarily because of the province’s high economic density, ICTSI explained.
“In addition to the Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ), which houses over 400 actively operating companies, there are multiple areas of planned development within Cavite that can justify ICTSI’s investment in a barge and RoRo terminal that will cost upwards of $30 million,” the company said.
Phase 1 of CGT’s development will support a total throughput of 115,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per year.
“The net effect of transshipping cargo from Manila’s ports to Cavite via barge and RoRo equates to approximately 140,000 fewer truck trips plying city roads on an annual basis,” ICTSI said.
“Along with the terminal’s advantages to cargo owners, there are also sustainable environmental and social benefits to highlight. The reduction in traffic congestion leads to lower fuel consumption and a significant decrease in carbon emissions. The terminal will also present new employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, for the provincial labor pool,” it added.
If approved, succeeding phases of CGT will support a substantial increase in capacity and will be built to account for projected annual volume increases in the Cavite market, ICTSI said.