A new roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) container barge port terminal has been opened in Barangay Capipisa East, Tanza, Philippines, in order to ease congestion on road and at the Port of Manila.

Developed with an investment of PHP1.5bn ($29m), the new Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) is the first and only container barge terminal in the Philippines.

A collaboration of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) and Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr) has built the terminal.

Inaugurating CGT, Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said: “The efficient transport of cargoes and goods to and from our ports is an important element in the supply chain industry. However, we have always been confronted by the perennial problem of port and road congestion.

“By allowing the transport of cargoes by sea instead of by land, this project is expected to result in 140,000 fewer truck trips per year.

“This will not just decongest our roads, but will also address the long queue of trucks in the Port of Manila.”

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“By allowing the transport of cargoes by sea instead of by land, this project is expected to result in 140,000 fewer truck trips per year.”

CGT is designed to handle 115,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of containerised cargo.

When fully operational, the terminal is expected to offer faster and more cost-efficient movement of containers via sea from Cavite to major ports in Luzon.

Duterte further added: “As the first and only roll-on roll-off or Ro-Ro barge terminal for international containers in the country, this terminal will promote inter-regional trade and development, provide greater access to South Luzon, and spur the growth of its thriving industries.

“To ensure the safety of cargoes and to prevent any incident at sea, I am directing the DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority to ensure the strict enforcement of existing rules and regulations in the operation of this facility.”

The CGT is situated within a 5km to 30km radius of various major economic zones, including Cavite Export Processing Zone in General Trias and First Cavite Industrial Estate in Dasmariñas.