International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) is set to place an order of advanced equipment for the handling of mega vessels at its terminal in Manila, Philippines.
The order is part of ICTSI’s $80m capital equipment programme for its Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), and will include five post-Panamax quay cranes capable of servicing up to 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of boxships.
The cranes will also feature a maximum reach of 20 containers across and twin lift rated load capability, becoming the largest cranes used in the intra-Asia trade.
The proposed order will additionally contain 20 rubber tired gantry cranes to be installed in the MICT. ICTSI is also set to add a new berth to its six existing berths at the facility as part of the capital equipment programme.
International Container Terminal Services senior vice-president Christian Gonzalez said: “Hitting the two-million mark last year is a clear indication that we need to further expand our operation in response to the direction of the market.
“We also have to address the growing consolidation trend happening with major carriers that have them deploying larger capacity vessels.
“We have always been steps ahead of the game in terms of planning. By the way things are looking, there is a legitimate need to invest in equipment and construct an additional berth in the near future.
"We need to ensure expansion is ahead of the curve in terms of being prepared for an increase in vessel sizes.”
The company also noted that the first three cranes of the newly planned order are scheduled to be delivered by next year, while the remaining two will be delivered by 2019.
Image: International Container Terminal Services’ terminal in Manila, Philippines.