The International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) facility in Misamis Oriental has increased its container loading and unloading capacity after recently receiving two hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).
In a statement on Thursday, the Razon-owned port operator said the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) RTG fleet had grown to six units with the delivery of the additional Mitsui hybrid construction site equipment.
The equipment runs on lithium-ion batteries and a smaller diesel engine, unlike conventional RTGs which rely entirely on fossil fuels. This means that MCT is designed for better yard productivity and overall terminal efficiency without having to worry about too large a carbon footprint.
“Hybrid RTGs make our operations more efficient and at the same time more environmentally friendly due to reduced emissions, allowing us to meet both our productivity and sustainability goals. We are also commissioning additional equipment to meet growing capacity needs,” said MCT Managing Director Aurelio Garcia.
The Mindanao container facility will receive a new container lift this year.
It has also ordered a mobile harbor crane, which will arrive in the first half of next year, to boost its ship handling capacity.
These initiatives come after the berth was extended by 100 meters and the installation of dolphin moorings and inner bollards around two years ago, as the installation aims to meet the increasing “ volume and demand for services as the global economy slowly begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic. ”
Meanwhile, ICTSI is seeing 50% savings in annual support costs after making changes to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
It has partnered with Rimini Street Inc. for its software support services including finance, treasury, asset tracking, equipment maintenance and repair.
ICSTI Chief Information Officer Brian Hibbert said their current platform “has become a constraint rather than an enabler for our business, with more and more initiatives that would drive efficiency and digital transformation either stalled, costly or requiring complementary third-party solutions.”
“Working with Rimini Street not only saves expenses, but with their exceptional support, we can focus our internal attention on preparing for this change and going to market for our future ERP needs,” he added. .
Last year, ICTSI saw its profits increase by 321% to $428.57 million thanks to higher operating income.
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