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ICTSI Manila adds new quay crane, 8 rubber-tyred gantries to equipment fleet


International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) has taken delivery of a new quay crane (QC) and eight new hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs) for its Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), raising the terminal's number of QCs to 18 and RTGs to 58, according to Shipping Gazette.
Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co (ZPMC), the QC is part of the five from ICTSI's 2018 US$80-million capacity improvement programme package. With a reach of up to 16 rows across twin, the new QC can service the largest feeder vessels calling in the Philippines. It will be deployed at berth three.
Complementing quayside improvements, the eight RTGs are also part of the 2018 16-unit order from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Faster and more-fuel efficient than standard diesel RTGs, these RTGs are part of a group-wide commitment towards ensuring carbon-neutral operations, part of which includes expanding the use of next generation energy-efficient cargo handling equipment and vehicle fleets.
To further lessen its footprint at MICT while addressing productivity demands, the group recently made a fresh order of 16 new hybrid RTGs again from Mitsui. This forms part of a $380 million group-wide capital expenditure. Scheduled for delivery in early 2020, terminal emissions and fuel consumption per move are expected to be reduced by up to 40 and 60 per cent.
"The new quay cranes and rubber-tyred gantries, along with other improvements, will push a notch higher our terminal's already efficient turnaround times - quayside and landside. This should redound to economic benefits for the Philippine supply chain. At the same time, we are proud of the push that we are undertaking to attain carbon neutrality at our flagship,' said ICTSI global corporate head Christian Gonzalez.
To further boost capacity in support of growing Philippine trade, ICTSI has begun construction of berths seven and eight, and back-up areas for the future berths nine and ten. The group has several other projects in the pipeline for MICT, including inter-terminal transfers at North Port for greater inter-island connectivity, and increased barge berthing services between the MICT and Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza.

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