International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is expanding its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines capital.
The terminal operator is set to start the construction of berths 7 and 8 at MICT on 15 October. In a second phase slated for 19 February 2019, pending final approvals, ICTSI will start working building the full back-up areas for future berths 9 and 10 at the Manila terminal.
The new berths will have a draught of 13.5 m to 14.5 m allowing the terminal to cater to larger boxships and the increased volumes they bring. The terminal will take delivery of 16 rubber-tyred gantry cranes next year and two super post-panamax quay cranes.
ICTSI global corporate head, Christian Gonzalez said, “On top of our commitments, the construction of these berths is our response to the need for an increase in capacity and increased productivity over the longer term.
“We also need to accommodate system changes, such as the steady increase in vessel size, the consolidation of major shipping players, and the introduction of rail services.”
ICTSI has allocated capex of over $380m in 2018 including the expansion of MICT.