More quay cranes on the way as Manila container terminal adds extra berth

13 March 2023

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International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is adding another berth at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines’, according to various sources.

The new berth, MICT’s berth 8, will add 400m of quay along with 12 hectares of yard space that will be constructed in phases.

The berth is currently under MICT’s “phase two development”.

MICT’s berth 8 has a design depth of 15m that will enable the terminal to handle foreign ultra-large container vessels with capacities of up to 18,000 TEU.

The expansion will increase MICT’s capacity by 200,000 TEU to 3.5 million TEU.

MICT is capable of handling neo-Panamax ships through berths 6 and 7, which are operated by five quay cranes.

A sixth crane is scheduled to arrive in July and will be operational within the year.

Berth 8 will operate with a minimum of four quay cranes, two of which will be delivered in 2025, ICTSI said.

“We are optimistic of the prospect of welcoming ultra large container vessels at the Port of Manila and are preparing to accommodate the added volume that these more efficient ships will bring,” said Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president.

“With these developments, our goal is to outpace demand and ensure the efficient flow of trade from the port to the local supply chain.”  

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