Seasia builds dry bulk terminal in Bataan

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Seasia Nectar Port Services Inc. (SNPSI) is building a dry bulk terminal in Mariveles, Bataan. SNPSI, a joint venture company between Seasia Logistic Philippines, Inc. and Nectar Group Ltd., officially started development work on the 11.4-hectare port after a groundbreaking ceremony.

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SNPSI Chairman Ramon Atayde and Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) Chairman and Administrator Deogracias Custodio led the event with Bataan Governor Albert Raymond Garcia and Congressman Enrique Garcia.

Atayde said the planned dry bulk terminal is designed to handle shipment of coal, clinker, silica sand and other cement raw materials, steel, fertilizer and other dry bulk cargo. SNPSI will also build facilities for warehousing, stevedoring, lightering and towing of cargo.

The SNPSI chairman noted that the port will be built and operated according to the international health, safety and environmental standards of clients. “We will ensure that the facility will meet the clients’ standards and employ efficient and proper cargo handling methods to avoid any impact to the environment,” he added.

The construction of the terminal will be done in three phases, according to an SNPSI report. The first phase involves the development of a 5.9-hectare port facility that has a 247-meter quay.

Phase 1 will accommodate two vessels of about 120 meters long, or one supramax/panama vessel, as well as handle a capacity of at least 3 million tons per year. The second and third phases will expand the bulk terminal to accommodate two more vessels or one supramax/panama vessel.

Commercial operations of the new port are set for 2016 as SNPSI said it would need at least one year to totally develop the terminal’s facilities.

AFAB Chairman Custodio expressed support for the project, saying that SNPSI will surely help the people on the ground as it brings more investment opportunities to the FAB.

“The presence of SNPSI would help in attracting more investors to locate at the FAB as costs of shipment would be reduced,” Custodio said.

“This project gives us confidence to market ourselves to other kinds of industries worldwide. With this, we assure the SNPSI that you (addressing the company) will have the full support of the AFAB,” he added.

Garcia, meanwhile, congratulated SNPSI for its port project and thanked the firm for choosing the FAB and trusting the administration of the provincial government and the AFAB.

“The creation of the port is another milestone toward attaining the vision of Bataan and the FAB to be the preferred location for investments and record the highest human development index in the country,” Garcia said.

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