23 February 2015

ICTSI beefs up container handling equipment in Subic

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has deployed four new mobile container handling equipments to improve its port operations in Manila and Subic.

In a statement, ICTSI said four new generation reach stackers are now stationed at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and at the new container terminals 1 and 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport which are operated by ICTSI subsidiaries Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. and ICTSI Subic, Inc.

According to Antonio Coronel, ICTSI Purchasing Director, the new reach stackers are the first of their kind to operate in the Asia-Pacific region. Supplied and manufactured by Kalmar, the port equipment and technology unit of Cargotec Oy of Finland, the “Gloria” or “Generation G reach” stacker has a 45-ton total lift capacity, which is considered an “industry-best” for its class.

“They don’t just provide highly productive and reliable equipment; they appreciate the dynamics of the business and as a result, can provide solutions that boost productivity yet reduce our costs of operation. We have an ambitious development strategy to become one of the world’s leading port management companies and on the same global stage, Kalmar is clearly a trusted partner,” he added.

Explaining the features of the new “Gloria” stackers , Kalmar Asia Sales Director Bj√∂rn Jonasson said that the equipment offers three ECO driving modes, namely power, normal and economy, making it the most energy efficient reach stacker in the market today. “Gloria” also sports an automatic stop-start function, which is responsible for reduced emissions and fuel efficiency of up to 10 percent.

Jonasson hailed the ICTSI for becoming “the first customer to specify Kalmar Gloria reach stackers in Asia and particularly so soon after their launch into the region. We have enjoyed considerable success in launching Gloria into other key territories and the product has now become the benchmark for reach stacker performance throughout the industry.”

MICT, ICTSI’s flagship operation and the Philippines’ largest international container terminal, has an annual capacity of 4.2 million twenty equivalent units (TEUs). Meanwhile, the New Container Terminal Compound (NCT-1) and New Container Terminal Compound (NCT-2) in Subic have a total of 600,000 TEU capacity.

ICTSI is an international operator of common-user container terminals serving the global container shipping industry. ICTSI is the largest port operator in the Philippines and has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents. (Kris Bayos, Manila Bulletin)

The new Gloria 45-ton reach stacker lifts a container at the New Container Terminal-1 in Subic