Subic container port installs more stackers to boost capacity
The Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), operator of the Subic Container Terminals 1 and 2, has acquired four additional reach stackers to ensure efficient port operations and optimize container yard space here.
The installation of reach stackers is part of the terminal operator’s initiative to further enhance its capacity in handling unladen containers from the surge of imports, after being assigned as evacuation center for empty containers last year, the SBITC said in a statement.
“Our investments in global standard port equipment and systems help in maintaining robust operations in NCT 1 and 2 to meet the needs and demands of our partners. These new stackers firm up our position as a competitive international gateway for industries in the freeport area, and the North and Central Luzon region,” the SBITC added.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma welcomed the private terminal operator’s efforts in boosting the capacity of Subic as a major transshipment hub.
She said the SBMA started last year the rehabilitation of roads leading to the Subic Container Terminal and other major piers in the Subic Freeport in order to increase port-related activities here.
“Together with SBITC and the Bureau of Customs, we have also set up One-Stop Shop document processing in the terminal to further enhance efficiency and customer service in the port,” Eisma added.
SBITC said the reach stackers arrived at the terminal in March and will be fully operational by April. Each stacker will have a load capacity of 45,000 kilograms and can stack up to five containers high.
The container terminal currently utilizes seven reach stackers for yard and vessel operations. The SBITC said there will be two more improvements within the first half of 2019.
“We are expecting two more equipment to arrive in the coming months. This is only the first leg of the improvements planned for the year,” the SBITC statement added.
The Subic Container Terminals 1 and 2 have the capacity to handle 600,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) containers.
Goods that pass through Subic Freeport include shipments of agricultural equipment, grains and fertilizers, electronic parts and general department store merchandise for North and Central Luzon businesses, particularly in Pampanga and Bulacan.
But SBITC said lately it has seen an influx of inquiries from markets in the Visayas and Mindanao, that see the SBMA and SBITC as key levers to their supply chain strategies for their respective markets.
Source: Business Mirror