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Shipping lines to load out more empty containers at MICP to ease port’s yard

Friday, 08 March 2019 | 00:00

Shipping lines had agreed to load out more empty containers at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) to ease the port’s yard utilization amid issues of congestion in Manila ports.

MICP District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria said Wednesday that all country operations managers of international shipping lines and officials of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) reached an agreement to load out more empty containers per day in an attempt “to bring yard utilization to ideal levels and resolve the recurring issue on the difficulty in returning empty containers.”

Austria furthered that Evergreen Shipping Agency, Wan Hai Lines, CMA-CGM/APL, Ben Line Agencies, Cosco Shipping Lines, KMTC, Hyundai Merchant Marine, TMS Ship Agencies, One Network Express, Yang Ming Shipping, SITC Container Lines, OOCL and Namsung Shipping agreed that they each will be loading an additional 100 to 1,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) or containers on top of the empty containers they load out on workdays.

“These carriers will be taking advantage of the additional double transaction slots that ICTSI will be opening on weekends starting on March 9 to 10, 2019. The rest of the shipping lines also agreed to do the same,” the district collector said.

According to Austria, there is a large discrepancy between the actual number of empty containers being loaded out onto vessels and the capacity of these ships, which all shipping lines agreed to immediately resolve.

“On average, far less than 2000 empty TEUs are loaded for export in a 24-hour cycle. That is an unacceptable number,” Austria said.

The carriers, however, explained that they can bring more containers from their depots to the terminal, stressing that they have more empty containers loaded out if they are given more time to complete the process.

If the measure is successfully done, MICP can see around 17,500 empty TEUs loaded out in a week compared to its high average of only 10,000 TEUs, Austria said.
Source: Manila Bulletin

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