Thursday, July 25, 2019

New Quay and Gantry Cranes Increase Potential of Pacific Container Freight Terminal

Multi-Million Dollar Orders Boost Cargo Handling Productivity Potential
Shipping News Feature
PHILIPPINES – International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) recently took delivery of another new ship to shore quay crane and eight new hybrid rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) for its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), establishing the terminal as having the largest fleet of modern container-handling equipment in the Philippines today with 18 QCs and 58 RTGs.

Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC), the giant quay crane is part of the five from ICTSI’s 2018 $80 million capacity improvement programme package. With a reach of up to 16 rows across twin stacks, the new crane can service the largest feeder vessels calling at the Philippines. It will be deployed at Berth 3.

Complementing other quayside improvements, the eight RTGs are also part of a 6-unit order from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding placed last year. Faster and more-fuel efficient than standard diesel RTGs, these are the most eco-efficient landside port equipment in the country today. They are also part of ICTSI’s 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 its flagship location whilst addressing productivity demands, ICTSI recently made a fresh order of 16 new hybrid RTGs again from Mitsui. This forms part of ICTSI’s $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% respectively, while increasing the MICT’s RTG fleet to 74. Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Global Corporate Head, commented:

“The new quay cranes and rubber tired 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.

“On top of what has already been done, a number of initiatives are currently in place or are being put in place across the ICTSI Group to improve productivity and reduce port emissions. These include gate automation and gate system upgrades to reduce queuing times, fleet changes to introduce faster and more fuel-efficient equipment, and utilizing machine learning and analytics to improve and automate yard strategy to reduce truck stay times. Taken altogether, these are expected to have an even greater material impact on indirect emissions from ICTSI port operations, seen to reduce cycle times of more than 20 minutes per truck visit.”

With the largest port equipment in the country, existing or planned, MICT remains the only Philippine terminal capable of servicing the largest box ships plying Asian routes. To further ramp up capacity in support of growing Philippine trade, ICTSI has begun construction of Berths 7 and 8, and back-up areas for the future Berths 9 and 10. ICTSI says it has several other projects in the pipeline supporting MICT’s ever-increasing role as the country’s leading international gateway, including inter-terminal transfers at NorthPort for greater inter-island connectivity, and increased barge berthing services between the MICT and Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza.

Photo: The new ship to shore quay crane arrives from China.