The two (2) units of Ship-to-Shore Quay Cranes at the Davao International Container Terminal.
Brand new and modern port equipment was successfully delivered recently at the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) from Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding of Japan.
Two (2) units of Ship-to-Shore Quay Cranes and three (3) units of Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes reached the said port in Panabo City, which is operated by San Vicente Terminal and Brokerage Services, Inc. (SVT), a member of Anflo Group of Companies.
The ship-to-shore cranes will enable gearless container vessels to load and unload shipment, allowing for more container space on the deck and lowering fuel and chartering cost for the vessel operators that result to a more efficient port operation.
The rubber tyred gantry cranes are used in the stacking of containers in the container yard.
The unloading of the equipment took a week while the installation and commissioning will take up to the end of January 2013. Also expected to arrive soon are reach stackers, empty container handlers and yard tractors.
“We are very happy that we are hitting our planned milestones in DICT. The construction of the berth and the container yard is going smooth as well as we are looking at the eventual project completion in the first quarter of 2013,” said Alexander N. Valoria, President of Anflo Group of Companies.
The management of DICT is also upbeat about the advantage that this container terminal can contribute to Panabo City since the influx of traffic containers is seen to generate investments and in turn, job opportunities.
“Our dream of becoming the hub of agro-industrial development is already coming true,” said Mayor Jose L. Silvosa at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project held last May 18, 2012.
This eight-hectare modern container terminal is the first in Davao Region. It is expected to raise Mindanao’s expanding international banana exports to a higher level and improve the economy of the entire region.