New eco-friendly equip­ment set up in MICT

The Philippine Star - - OBITUARIES - By RICH­MOND MERCURIO

In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices Inc. (ICTSI)’s flag­ship Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (MICT) has started re­ceiv­ing new eco-friendly equip­ment as part of the com­pany’s long-term in­vest­ment in ca­pac­ity en­hance­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fi­ciency.

ICTSI re­cently re­ceived four of 16 new hy­brid rub­ber-tired gantries (RTG) man­u­fac­tured by Mit­sui En­gi­neer­ing & Ship­build­ing Co. Ltd. of Ja­pan.

ICTSI said the new port equip­ment un­der­score the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to­wards en­sur­ing an en­vi­ron­ment-friendly sup­ply chain which in­cludes ex­pand­ing the use of next gen­er­a­tion en­ergy-ef­fi­cient cargo han­dling equip­ment and ve­hi­cle fleets.

The Mit­sui Li-ion Hy­brid RTGs, the com­pany said, are ex­pected to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the car­bon foot­print of the MICT.

“Seen to re­duce car­bon emis­sions by 40 per­cent and noise lev­els at the con­tainer yard, and up to 60 per­cent bet­ter fuel econ­omy – these hy­brids reaf­firm the com­pany’s ef­forts in min­i­miz­ing the im­pact of port op­er­a­tions at its Manila flag­ship,” ICTSI said.

Once fully com­mis­sioned, the hy­brid RTGs are seen fur­ther boost­ing MICT’s con­tainer yard pro­duc­tiv­ity, mak­ing it the coun­try’s largest, best-equipped and most tech­no­log­i­cally-ad­vanced con­tainer ter­mi­nal ca­pa­ble of fully match­ing de­mand in terms of op­er­a­tional per­for­mance.

Twelve more hy­brid RTGs are set to ar­rive be­fore the end of the first half, along with two su­per post-Pana­max quay cranes. The first pair of neo-Pana­max cranes in the coun­try were de­liv­ered last year and are al­ready op­er­a­tional, ac­cord­ing to ICTSI.

“As we con­tin­u­ously drive eco­nomic growth in our home op­er­a­tions, ICTSI will al­ways be at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion with ports equip­ment and adap­tive tech­nol­ogy that en­sures in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity, while re­duc­ing car­bon foot­print,” ICTSI global cor­po­rate head Chris­tian Gon­za­lez said.

Aside from new port equip­ment, ca­pac­ity im­prove­ments are also un­der­way at the MICT, among which in­cludes the first phase con­struc­tion of Berths 7 and 8, and back-up ar­eas for the fu­ture Berths 9 and 10.

The MICT, the flag­ship op­er­a­tion of bil­lion­aire En­rique Ra­zon Jr.’s listed firm, is cer­ti­fied with ISO 14001:2008 and has sys­tems to strictly mon­i­tor and man­age its stack emis­sions, water us­age and ef­flu­ent, and waste gen­er­a­tion.

ICTSI won the con­ces­sion to op­er­ate the MICT in an in­ter­na­tional ten­der in 1988.

Since its takeover, MICT has in­creased its an­nual ca­pac­ity five-fold, ex­panded its con­tainer han­dling fleet to make it the largest and most mod­ern con­tainer ter­mi­nal in the Philip­pines, and switched from a man­ual con­trol sys­tem to an in­te­grated re­al­time IT ter­mi­nal con­trol sys­tem.

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