INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said on Tuesday that its flagship gateway, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), will soon deploy four new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTGs) from Japan, upgrading the country’s largest fleet of container-handling equipment.
In a statement, the company led by billionaire Enrique K. Razon said the new equipment will further increase the yard productivity of Manila’s international seaport, and are expected to contribute to the “green” initiative of ICTSI.
“The new RTGs, manufactured by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., are part of the total 16-unit fleet that runs on a combination of 22kVah Li-ion battery and a smaller diesel engine—expected to reduce terminal emissions by up to 40 percent,” the statement read.
Eight more of these hybrid RTGs and a pair of super post-Panamax quay cranes are expected to be delivered before the end of the third quarter of 2019. “On full delivery, the MICT fleet will be composed of 18 quay cranes and 58 RTGs—the largest containerized cargo-handling fleet in the country,” the statement read.
ICTSI has invested more than $80 million for capital equipment in MICT, enabling the country’s largest and most technologically advanced container terminal to meet rising levels of demand in the era of neo-Panamax vessels.