Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) stated yard operation hits 65 percent as of March 4, coming in lower from about 90 percent in previous weeks. ATI credited the collaboration it commenced with international shipping lines, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Ports Authority.
Manila South Harbor operator viewed yard utilization improving to “optimal levels” within steps to make space for yard space and ease off cargo flows at the international gateway.
ATI notice in the previous month that major international shipping lines settled on sharing vessels and augment terminal resources “to immediately evacuate empty containers from Manila and surrounding areas through Manila South Harbor.”
T.S. Lines, Evergreen, Yang Ming Lines, CMA-CGM Group, Wan Hai Lines and Hyundai Maritime partaken in the recirculation of empty containers to other Asian destinations, with a pledge on mutually pulling out 10,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) from Manila South Harbor on a weekly basis.
Fire disruptions at the BOC’s headquarters on Feb. 22 did not hamper the developments. By the end of February, over 14,000 TEUs of laden boxes were distributed to customers, a record-high for Manila South Harbor.
ATI has relocated over 470 TEUs of overstaying boxed cargoes to its Batangas Port for the past weeks with the approval. Furthermore overstaying cargos are observed until transfer as BOC processes are accomplished.
ATI is supplementing ongoing port efficiency measures by developing more container yard facilities external of the Port of Manila and are planned operational by the second quarter.