SUBIC Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC), a unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc., said it added four reach stackers, increasing capacity at the port.
The terminal operator said the equipment will increase its handling at its New Container Terminals 1 and 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
“These firm up our position as a competitive international gateway for industries in the freeport area and the North and Central Luzon region,” SBITC said in a statement Friday.
Each of the reach stackers, all to be fully operational in April, has a 45,000-kilogram capacity and can stack up to five containers high.
SBITC said more equipment is expected to arrive in the first half which will ensure efficient port operations and optimize container yard space of the Subic port terminal.
“This is only the first leg of the improvements planned for the year,” SBITC added.
The terminal operator has been boosting its capacity following SBITC ports’ assignment last year as a pickup and evacuation point for empty containers amid a surge in imports.
The port currently has seven reach stackers for yard and vessel operations.
SBITC is the container port operator of the Subic Freeport Area in Subic, Zambales, where cargo operations serve Northern and Central Luzon. — Janina C. Lim