International Container Terminal’s (ICTSI) Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) situated at the Port of Manila in the Philippines has replaced its current manual terminal operating system with the Navis N4 3.4 system.

Implementation of the integrated system is expected to allow MICT to service vessels carrying larger volumes of cargo.

The upgrade is part of an $80m modernisation and expansion project announced by ICTSI last year for MICT.

It also marks ICTSI’s plan to continuously invest in improved infrastructure and equipment and strengthen its presence in the intra-Asia trade route.

MICT Information Technology Systems and Services director Reynaldo Mark Cruz Jr said: “The success of the upgrade was the result of tireless testing and preparation of the MICT team in collaboration with Navis’ own project team.”

MICT primarily serves the intra-Asia trade with an annual throughput of 2.28 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU).

“The ability to foresee the rise of mega-ships coming to the Port of Manila and the evolving customer needs, as a result, has enabled the terminal to stay two steps ahead.”

Navis Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) vice-president and general manager Mark Welles said: “For years, ICTSI has dedicated its expertise, time and resources to transforming MICT into the leading terminal that it is today and that includes a commitment to installing the most advanced infrastructure and equipment.

“The ability to foresee the rise of mega-ships coming to the Port of Manila and the evolving customer needs, as a result, has enabled the terminal to stay two steps ahead and plan its technology requirements accordingly.”

All the six terminals in China’s Tianjin Port Group went live with the N4 system in May.

The development has made the Tianjin Orient Container Terminal (TOCT) at the port to become the largest terminal complex implementing N4 in terms of TEU, with an annual TEU of 15 million.