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Manila South Harbor ready for cargo surge this coming holidays

Manila South Harbor, one of two international gateway ports into the country’s capital, is capable of handling the surge of international container volumes at the Port of Manila, including the 4th quarter cargo rush in the coming holiday season, according to its operator, Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI).

Last month, Manila South Harbor handled over 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TUEs) of international containers for the first time in a single month.

Prior to this, the harbor broke its all-time record volume twice, handling over 94,000 TEUs in May and in excess of 95,000 TEUs in June.

Aerial view of Manila Port's International Container terminal in Tondo, Manila as of June 2015. Shot from the 31st floor of World Trade Exchange Tower in Binondo, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Aerial view of Manila Port’s International Container terminal in Tondo, Manila as of June 2015. Shot from the 31st floor of World Trade Exchange Tower in Binondo, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

So far, Manila South Harbor’s production has averaged above the industry standard of 25 gross moves per crane per hour (GMPH), and even recorded world-class levels of over 30 GMPH in previous months, which are comparable to the production of leading global ports in Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Production is measured by how many containers a crane moves from ship to shore per hour. Higher GMPH reflects efficient handling of containers at berth, which redounds to faster turnaround of ships and trucks, and ultimately quicker delivery of goods to consignees.

ATI partly attributes these achievements to the highly effective Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), an online scheduling facility for the orderly delivery and pull out of containers at the terminal.

Since TABS’ implementation, Manila South Harbor has been able to handle over 25% increase in truck transactions from a daily average of 1,600 at faster turnaround time.

Handling more transactions in the same fixed timeframe as before means an equivalent reduction in truck numbers on the road as fewer vehicles are needed to be placed on the roads at any single time to keep the supply-chain going. This makes a welcome contribution to Metro Manila’s road decongestion.

Aside from this, ATI’s aggressive investment have delivered greater capacity and efficiency at Manila South Harbor.

In 2015 alone, ATI increased its rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes to 23 units, equivalent to a 50% increase in fleet size since 2013, to complement its 9 quay cranes (QCs). It also appended its container side loaders to increase its fleet size by 50%.