Mindanao Container Terminal, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc., said Thursday the new service that connects the Visayas and Mindanao to Asia and the Middle East via Singapore would benefit farmers and manufacturers in the country.
Launched in the Philippines through Regional Container Line’s South Philippines 6 (RSP6) agent Eagle Express Lines, the fixed-day weekly service made its first port call to MCT on Dec. 19 with the 628-TEU MV Pira Bhum.
The service is operated by two vessels and covers the Singapore-Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Singapore route. The vessels turn in Singapore, which serves as a transshipment hub and provides competitive connections from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga to other Southeast Asian markets, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, while additionally serving the markets further north such as China and South Korea.
MCT general manager Roberto Locsin said the regular service calls could be considered as a product superhighway that would help farmers, manufacturers and other producers in the Philippines.