In response to growing container volumes moving through key ports in Luzon, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) recently deployed next-generation reach stackers in its Manila and Subic operations.
The four new units of the mobile container handling equipment are stationed at ICTSI’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and at the New Container Terminals 1 and 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport.
The Subic terminals are operated by ICTSI subsidiaries Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. and ICTSI Subic, Inc.
New to region
The new reach stackers, the first of their kind to operate in the Asia-Pacific region, bring to a total of 27 units the mobile container handling equipment deployed at the MICT and Subic terminals. This fleet of reach stackers and empty container handlers is the largest in the Philippines to date.
A reach stacker is a tractor-like vehicle equipped with a powerful hydraulic lifting arm, used for shifting containers in sorting or storage areas.
Supplied and manufactured by Kalmar, the port equipment and technology unit of Cargotec Oy of Finland, the Gloria or Generation G reach stacker takes productivity to a whole new level with its 45-ton total lift capacity, which is an industry-best for its class.
The company also said that besides exceptional performance, it offers three ECO driving modes, making it the most energy-efficient reach stacker in the market today. Gloria also sports an automatic stop-start function, which contributes to reduced emissions and an up to 10 percent increase in fuel efficiency.
Antonio Coronel, ICTSI Purchasing Director, is pleased with the new equipment and believes they will contribute to improved port operations in more ways than one. He also praised Kalmar’s “understanding of the critical requirements of our business.”
“They don’t just provide highly productive and reliable equipment; they appreciate the dynamics of the business and as a result, can provide solutions that boost productivity yet reduce our costs of operation,” Coronel said.
“We have an ambitious development strategy to become one of the world’s leading port management companies and on the same global stage, Kalmar is clearly a trusted partner,” he added.
Björn Jonasson, Kalmar Asia Sales Director expressed his delight at ICTSI becoming “the first customer to specify Kalmar Gloria reach stackers in Asia, and particularly so soon after their launch into the region.
“We have enjoyed considerable success in launching Gloria into other key territories and the product has now become the benchmark for reach stacker performance throughout the industry,” Jonasson said.
MICT, ICTSI’s flagship operation and the Philippines’ largest international container terminal, currently has an annual capacity of 4.2 million TEUs, with expansion of that capacity envisioned for the future.
ICTSI is an international operator of common-user container terminals serving the global container shipping industry. ICTSI is the largest port operator in the Philippines and has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents.