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Philippines to upgrade Manila north harbour port in 2015 to increase container throughput

Philippines to upgrade Manila north harbour port in 2015 to increase container throughput

MANILA: Philippines has decided to upgrade Manila north harbour port to increase container throughput once a major terminal upgrade completes this year.

Delegates on a technical visit ahead of the 8th Philippine Ports and Shipping conference, which commenced in Manila earlier today, were told that a new operations centre currently under construction at MNHP’s box port will house a one-stop shop for terminal users, as well as representatives of all lines calling at MNHP when it opens for business in April. The stevedore has also now taken delivery of six new rubber-tyred gantries and has six more due for delivery next month. This will take the total fleet to 20.

The rejuvenation of Terminal 1, where a new container yard is also due to be opened later this year, will take a total capacity to over 2 million teu per annum at the 52 ha facility. Last year MNHP, one of the three major container facilities in Manila alongside terminals operated by ICTSI and Asian Terminals, handled just over 1 million teu, up marginally from a year earlier.  whole of the North Port is being developed and we are investing to boost productivity,” an MHNP spokesperson told IHS Maritime.