• Local shipper adding vessels on higher volume

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    HIGHER freight volumes at Manila North Harbor and other ports in the Philippines have prompted domestic shipper Solid Shipping Lines to expand its fleet with higher-capacity ships.

    Solid Shipping Lines, which serves regular routes between North Harbor and the ports of Davao, Cagayan de
    Oro, and General Santos City in Mindanao, has commissioned four new Japanese-built vessels to complement its existing fleet of nine container ships, the company said last week.

    The new ships, the last of which is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, each have a capacity of about 300 20-foot equivalent units (TEU).

    “To maintain our position as the most reliable domestic shipping company, we offer consistently high standards of direct cargo services through our excellent customer service, connectivity, transparency and technology,” Solid Shipping General Manager Quirimon A. Tan Jr. said in a statement.

    Tan said the line’s productivity at Manila North Harbor is about 21 berth moves or boxes per hour with the use of self-sustaining gears.

    “Our efficient and high productivity is the result of our collaboration with the team of MNHPI (Manila North Harbor Port Inc.), terminal operator of the port.”

    “MNHPI has, indeed, developed the terminal into a world-class port. It is a professionally run terminal and we continue to expect the efficiencies to be sustained and even improved,” he added.

    Raul L. Quisumbing, MNHPI Vice President for Commercial Services, was likewise bullish on the prospects for the terminal

    “We are seeing growth in volumes to and from the various provinces, a good indication of our country’s ever robust economy,” he said.

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