December 15, 2016 at 08:23 pm
Darwin G. Amojelar
Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. said Thursday it will build a common-user barge and roll-on roll-off terminal in Cavite province to reduce the volume of trucks plying Metro Manila roads.
ICTSI submitted an unsolicited proposal to the government to build Cavite Gateway Terminal within a six-hectare property in Tanza, Cavite.
ICTSI senior vice president for Asia-Pacific region and Manila International Container Terminal head Christian Gonzales said the investment in a barge and Ro-Ro terminal would cost upwards of $30 million for phase 1.
Phase 1 of the project is designed to support a total output of 115,000 twenty-foot equivalent units per year, or equal to about 140,000 fewer truck trips plying city roads annually.
Gonzales said the project was expected to start by first quarter of 2017, or once the government approved the project and issued certain permits.
He said construction of the project would take seven months.
Harbor Star, the barge operator for the CGT, will deploy 150 TEU barges.
“Instead of finding negative solutions in truck bans and other temporary solutions, we came up with a solution that’s been tried and tested in other parts of the world which is to use our waterways which are not congested, efficient, will be very cheap and which will essentially allow the development of more economic activities in the province of Cavite,” Gonzales said.
He said the company was imitating the success of the barge port in Mongkok in Hong Kong.
“As Hong Kong became congested due to economic development, they’ve realized that in order for the port to continue to expand and the port to continue to succeed, they needed to build more roads and bridges but it will take time, so the solution is to run an extensive barging operation,” Gonzales said.