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Visayas Container Terminal boosts productivity and efficiency at Iloilo Commercial Port Complex

Visayas Container Terminal (VCT), operated by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), is making progress towards transforming the Iloilo Commercial Port Complex (ICPC) into a more competitive and efficient trade gateway for Western Visayas.

Since its inauguration on 1 April, Philippines' VCT has been steadily improving the terminal's infrastructure and productivity, aiming to position ICPC as a pivotal player in the region's maritime commerce. The terminal has already served approximately 40 vessels, including container ships, Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off), and bulk carriers, showcasing an increased level of efficiency that reflects ICTSI's renowned global standard of port operations.

“Our operations are off to a good start thanks to the great team that we have here at VCT. Everyone worked tirelessly to get everything up and running, including the renovation of the terminal’s facilities, and set up of the systems needed to run the terminal within our desired standards. Customers can expect more improvements as we continue to deploy more equipment and complete the rest of the terminal upgrades in less than two months,” stated Timothee Jeannin, VCT executive director.

Operating with five reach stackers, four trailers, and three prime movers, VCT is currently bolstering its equipment fleet. Additional resources are anticipated within the next few weeks, including five empty container handlers, 12 prime movers, and 12 trailers. In September, VCT plans to introduce two mobile harbour cranes to enhance vessel operations. The terminal is also investing in new bagging machines, clamshells, and supplementary mobile equipment for bulk cargo, aiming to optimize bulk operations.

Addressing refrigerated cargo needs, VCT aims to finalize the construction of its reefer stacks by August, initially offering 40 plugs with scalability based on demand.

In addition to expediting terminal enhancements, VCT is actively exploring opportunities and partnerships with domestic and international shipping lines servicing Iloilo. By enhancing ICPC's competitiveness, the port aspires to attract a diverse array of shipping lines and expand cargo destinations for Western Visayas trade.

“We are proud to spearhead the transformation of the Iloilo Commercial Port Complex into a world-class maritime facility. At the same time, we are grateful for the opportunity to spur economic activity in the Visayas region and elevate the local communities that host our operations,” said Jeannin.

The Visayas Container Terminal marks ICTSI's inaugural operation in Central Philippines. Earlier this year, the Philippine Ports Authority awarded ICTSI a 25-year concession to manage and upgrade ICPC into a modern, efficient, and globally competitive trade hub.

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