28 August 2014

Subic Super Shuttle starts box barging service

The Subic Super Shuttle (S3) service recently began its maiden voyage from Manila to Subic using the MV West Ocean 3.

The vessel, with a 2,749 gross tonnage, discharged 18 containers from the Manila International Container Terminal, all part of Yokohama imports, to Subic Bay’s New Container Terminal 1. Yokohoma’s manufacturing hub is at the nearby Clark freeport zone.

“The concept of the Subic Super Shuttle Service is to provide an immediate alternative in response to the current problems being experienced by everyone at the Manila ports,” Bennedict Navalta, general manager of the PTC Agency and Transport, Inc. (PTCAT), earlier told PortCalls.

PTCAT is the agent of S3’s owner, Subic Super Shuttle Marine Services, Inc.

Navalta described the service as “viable, cost efficient and (an) immediate solution” to issues triggered by the Manila truck ban.

The vessel used for the service can ship 138 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) between MICT and Subic Bay, and will act as a common feeder for shipping lines serving locators and shippers in and around Northern Luzon.

Navalta said S3 is also looking to alleviate the backlog of empties in container depots within Metro Manila by assisting with their repositioning.

“Carriers can choose to direct empty returns to Subic, utilizing the S3, and then connect the empties to their respective feeders out of Manila,” Navalta said. “The empty return into MICT is with certainty versus the hit-or-miss arrangements with the depots.”

Rates for the service are P20,000 per 20-footer laden and P25,000 per 40-footer laden. For empty boxes, rates are P14,000 per 20-footer and P17,500 per 40-footer.

Manila to Subic calls are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, with the estimated time of arrival in Manila at 12 pm, while the Subic to Manila service is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays with ETA at Subic at 10 am. (PortCalls)