International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is expanding capacity of its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) with the ongoing development of another berth – Berth 8.
The construction of the new berth, which will be done in two phases, will allow MICT to handle increasing volume demand and serve new-generation container ships that can carry up to 18,000 TEUs.
With the growing trend towards larger container ships, the MICT will be ready to service these very large container ships with ease and efficiency.
“The added capacity will allow us to stay ahead of demand and address the steadily increasing volume, a sure sign of economic recovery for our country. Berth 8 will be a game-changer for the city; it will take Manila’s port capabilities to a whole new level with the ability to handle the larger capacity ships and the additional volume that comes with them,” said Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president.
Currently under design, Berth 8 will add a total of 400 meters quay and up to 12 hectares of yard area in phases.
Along with port equipment, the expansion is estimated to cost P15 billion ($287 million).
Water areas alongside will be initially dredged to a depth of 13.5 meters with potential further deepening to 15 meters draft.