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Efforts to widen Manila Port next year

Efforts to widen Manila Port next year

MANILA: The government is confident of fully decongestant the ports of Manila early next year after successfully reducing yard utilization rate to more than 80 percent.

According to Sta. Ana the combined yard utilization of Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and the Manila South Harbor of Asian Terminals Inc. stood at 81 percent or approximately 66,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) as of Dec, 12.

The MICT has a yard utilization of 84 percent or approximately 42,400 TEUs while the South Harbor has a utilization of 77 percent or approximately 23,800 TEUs.

Sta. Ana said yard utilization has been significantly reduced giving our port operators ample elbow room to maneuver to send out and take in containers compared to the condition a couple of weeks ago. We have likewise significantly reduced vessel queue at the MICT by at least half in the last couple of days.

This positive performance is a clear indication that the decongestion efforts being imposed in the last couple of months are already paying off. If we can sustain such efforts in the next couple of months, we will hit our target to fully decongest the ports by early next year, said Philippine Ports Authority general manager Juan Sta. Ana.

The Cabinet Cluster on Port Congestion has set a yard utilization target of 80 percent or approximately 65,200 TEUs.

According to him, yard utilization level at the ports of Manila went down to 78 percent in end-November but climbed above the 80 percent target level due the holiday season.

“We are making all measures work that is why we are adjusting almost everything. With these, we are banking on the private sector to do their share,” Sta. Ana said.