MINDANAO Container Terminal (MCT) handled more cargo in March, thanks to continued strong regional trade.

The terminal posted a 48.8% jump in volume to 20,567 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from 13,814 TEUs in the same month last year.

Against targets, the March figure is also higher by 15%.

“We really have a strong business here in MCT as well as in adjacent areas,” MCT seaport department manager Dante Clarito told PortCalls.

“Aside from our usual customers, we received a big boost from the lumber sector this March,” Clarito said.

“Our direct callers have likewise introduced bigger vessels at MCT to accommodate our increasing volume.”

At the moment, the bulk of volume passing through MCT comes from Del Monte and Pilipinas Kao as well as woodcraft and handicraft shippers.

The lumber industry contributes at least 10% to the total volume.

Currently, MCT has five direct callers APL, Mariana Express, Maersk Line, Regional Container Lines and Pacific Eagle Lines.

MCC Transport, a joint venture between MCC Transport Singapore, Mercantile-Ocean Maritime Co (Filipinas) Inc and Aboitiz Transport Systems Corp, also calls MCT.

Last year, MCT recorded a 51% rise in containerized cargoes to 180,308 TEUs from 118,687 TEUs in 2009. The figure also surpassed the 10% growth forecast for 2010.

MCT is operated by Mindanao International Container Terminal Services, Inc, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

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