The International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) will speed up the construction of new yard facilities at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and at the firm’s 21-hectare inland container depot (ICD) in Laguna.
ICTSI said the projects, which will increase its yard capacity by more than 20 percent, are being done in response to government’s call for the development of more yard and road infrastructure and in anticipation of a robust growth in the country’s economy.
“Even in its earliest stages of development, the new ICD alone will add a further 250,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity to MICT,” said Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI head for Asia, Pacific and the Sub Continent.
The new ICD is only one of two 20-hectare properties that ICTSI has procured for its expansion plan. Development will begin in November, and the first phase will be available for use in February 2015.
“These plans have been on the drawing board, ready for execution, and we were just waiting for government concurrence. Now that we have it, and we have the resources, we can move quickly to fast-track these projects,” Gonzalez said.
According to Gonzalez, ICTSI also has plans and the attendant resources to build a new berth.
“A new berth is pivotal for incremental capacity to address economic expansion for many years down the line. We hope the government will re-visit this plan for a new berth,” he added.
The new MICT yard will be equipped with a minimum of six rubber tired gantries (RTG). However, the firm is planning to buy more RTGs and rail mounted gantries for the Laguna ICD.
While the two yards are being developed, an adjacent temporary empty handling area at the MICT will be put into operation on November 1.
Without any further changes to the road network or additional truck restrictions, the completion of these new yards will raise the overall capacity of Manila’s two international ports to 4.2 million TEUs. Asian Terminal Inc.’s South Harbor has a declared capacity of 1.2 million TEUs.
Meanwhile, ICTSI will be incorporating rail provisions into the new MICT yard to augment the 21-hectare Laguna ICD. Thus, the ICD will be linked to the MICT by road, and later, rail, to ensure fast transfer of cargo from the Port of Manila to the economic zones south of Metro Manila.