ASIAN Terminals Inc. (ATI), the operator of Manila South Harbor, assured the timely arrival of import shipments this peak season despite the heavy cargo influx triggered by the upcoming ho-lidays.
In a statement on Friday, ATI said that even with the surge in container volumes, Manila South Harbor has not shown signs of a slowdown in productivity this month.
“It’s the best December we’ve ever had at South Harbor. Cargo flow has remained robust and unimpeded, even as we reach this year’s homestretch,” said Andrew Hoad, ATI executive vice president.
As of the first week of December, berth occupancy at the South Harbor is below 60 percent , yard utilization is well within international standards at 70 percent, and there are no vessel queues at anchorage, ATI said.
All these indicate there is ample space for container storage and sufficient capacity to handle more vessels, precluding any delays in import shipments this peak season, it said.
ATI said 2016 is turning out to be its best operational year yet due to record-breaking volumes, highest terminal productivity, and fastest service delivery.
In September, the port handled more than 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of international containers for the first time in a single month, besting its performance in May, June and October when it handled over 90,000 TEUs.
Despite the volume spike, production at the port has averaged above the industry standard of 25 gross moves per crane per hour (GMPH), and even recorded world-class levels of over 30 GMPH for several months, comparable to the production at leading global ports in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.
ATI attributed its efficiency to modern machinery, yard capacity and technology. These enhancements include the Terminal Appointment Booking System, an online maritime scheduling system which allows for the orderly daily pull-out and delivery of containers at the port spread over 24 hours.
This has quickened flow of goods and trucks in and out of the terminal without causing heavy traffic on roads, the operator said.