International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently received four brand new rubber tired gantries (RTG) for its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines.

The new container handling equipment, a capital investment worth PHP144.30 million (USD3.1 million), will further increase capacity and productivity at the country’s leading trading gateway.

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI vice president and MICT general manager, says: “These new orders again demonstrate our commitment to continuously invest in our operated terminals. This policy of continued investments in terminal capacity and enhancements in Manila and around the world helps us maintain our market leading position while providing superior services to our clients. Furthermore, it shows we are confident of the global economic outlook.”

Gonzalez added that an order for eight more RTGs of this kind have been placed.

The newly-delivered RTGs will be in service at the terminal before the end of September after completing the final commissioning process. The RTGs each have a stacking capacity of one over five high, and can work six containers-wide plus truck lane, making these RTGs the first of their type in the Philippines. ICTSI has already contracted Singapore-based port equipment engineering firm Portek to increase the heights of the MICT’s other RTGs to further increase the terminal’s yard capacity.

Manufactured by Noell Crane Systems China Ltd., each RTG is equipped with automatic steering using global positioning (GPS) and automatic container positioning systems. The telescopic spreader is capable of lifting 41 metric tons. A special fuel saving device will be installed on each RTG after they have entered service.

The MICT now has 32 RTGs, the largest RTG fleet in the country.