Asian Terminals, Inc. is planning to bid for port management contracts under the government’s public-private partnership infrastructure scheme this year, according to its president Eusebio H. Tanco.

As quoted in national dailies, Tanco said the company is said to be conducting “exploratory talks” with the government on contracts involving ports in Zamboanga, General Santos, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, and the Manila North and South Harbors.

“The government had listed the ports that it will develop and improve this year. We are always looking for new ports. We are now working closely with the government but there’s nothing specific yet,” he said.

“We will try to tap all markets as we strive to provide the best services to our clients. But we know that the rights for these ports are still to be auctioned off to all companies interested. We would want to express our interest as early as now,” he added.

“We did very well in 2010. Last year was record-breaking for the company and even if it would be hard for us to beat it, we would want to achieve more this year,” Mr. Tanco said.

The company operates the Manila South Harbor, the Port of Batangas, and the Port of General Santos. Asian Terminals can accommodate vessels of up to 70,000 deadweight tons, discharge cargo at 10,000 metric tons a day and store 180,000 metric tons of both soy-bean meal and grain cargoes.

with article by Aura Marie P. Dagcutan of Business World

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