ICTSI Accelerates Port of Manila Expansion, Shifts to Greener Facilities

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Enrique Razon Jr. FILE PHOTO INVESTIGATOR

MANILA, Philippines — International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) by billionaire Enrique Razon Jr. is stepping up investments in its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) amid a gradual recovery in global trade.

The company said Thursday, December 9 that the second phase of development of MICT’s berths 7 and 8 will add full relief areas for future berths, or areas where ships remain anchored.

“A substantial portion of the ICTSI Group’s 2022 budget has been earmarked for these MICT upgrades which will further strengthen MICT’s ability to effectively serve the world’s largest vessels and the growing volume that accompanies the economic recovery,” said the company.

ICTSI had previously set its capital investment budget for the entire year at $ 250 million, of which $ 104 million was deployed in the first nine months of the year.

The company said this would be used to expand the MICT and facilities at ICTSI DR Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and at the Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne, Australia.

At the same time, the company was focusing on more environmentally friendly port operations with the planned purchase of eight new Hybrid Wheeled Gantries (RTGs) to add to the fleet of 32 Hybrid RTGs acquired from 2018. .

These new RTGs will reduce emissions by 50% compared to their predecessors.

ICTSI will also decommission MICT’s first dockside crane this year, which will be replaced over the next three years by three new dockside cranes, each capable of servicing larger vessels or with a capacity of over 12,500 units. equivalent to twenty feet.

MICT’s yard and crane lights have been replaced with more efficient LED lighting systems. This will eliminate light spill and glare while reducing power consumption. ICTSI estimates that this will save around 1.8 million kilowatt hours per year and offset up to 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“With a strong emphasis on environmental management, we understand how technological innovation goes hand in hand with our drive to improve air quality, energy consumption and the management of waste and water from our ports, ”said Christian Gonzalez, executive vice-president of ICTSI, in the press release.

“With this in mind, we are continually investing in infrastructure and port facilities that improve our operational efficiency while simultaneously helping to minimize our environmental impact,” he added.

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