International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) unit Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has received three cranes for handling larger container ships.

The cranes, including two Neo-Panamax quay cranes and a Post-Panamax quay crane, were manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC).

They represent ICTSI’s $480m capital equipment programme for MICT and will be installed on berths 6 and 5 of the Port of Manila.

With the new Neo-Panamax quay cranes, MICT will be able to handle up to 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of boxships.

Once fully commissioned, MICT customers will receive quayside productivity benefits in the form of shorter port stays.

The cranes have brought MICT’s total number of quay cranes to 16.

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ICTSI Global Corporate head Christian Gonzalez said: “We are now ready for the era of super-sized ships.

“The new cranes, along with other planned improvements at the MICT, will further boost the port’s already-efficient turnaround times.”

“With the arrival of the new Neo-Panamax cranes, MICT is ready to address the pressing demand and volume increase by servicing larger vessels.”

ICTSI expects to receive two additional quay cranes in Manila next year.

Gonzalez further added: “The new cranes, along with other planned improvements at the MICT, will further boost the port’s already-efficient turnaround times.

“This will redound to economic benefits benefiting the entire Philippine supply chain.

“By investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, we are strengthening MICT’s position as one of the best-equipped and most technologically advanced terminals serving the intra-Asia trade.”

ICTSI also has various other projects in the pipeline for its Philippine operations, including the revival of the rail link between MICT and the recently opened Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT) in Calamba.

The Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), the country’s first dedicated container barge terminal located in Tanza, Cavite, is slated for launch by the third week of this month.