After the dredging of berths and the completion of its new eco-friendly bulk cargo bays (BCBs), the Manila Harbor Center (MHC) has successfully expanded its cargo capacity, the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) announced.

According to MHC Safety Head Jennifer Olaer-Salazar, the upgrade has brought MHC’s BCB from only two to five. This resulted in an increase in the bulk storage capacity of the terminal – from the previous 24,000 metric tons to 55,000 metric tons.

“Compared to open storage that requires use of laminated sacks, BCBs require less cover as they minimize the surface area of the cargo exposed to weather elements. BCBs prevent cargo erosion with the help of drainage and roadways, resulting in minimal spills and a cleaner port environment,” Olaer-Salazar explained. 

“We continue to keep the area surrounding the BCBs clean through road sprinkling, sweeping and tire baths to ensure that ambient air quality is below the acceptable limits,” she explained. 

Meanwhile, for the dredging of the berths, MHC partnered with Prime Metro BMD. The company was tasked with deepening the 855-meter berth in Terminals 1 and 2, and the 240-meter berth in Terminal 3.

Once fully finished, the design draft of Terminal 1 and 2 will be 10.5 meters. On the other hand, Terminal 3 will have 8.7 meters.

“We are gearing up MHC to handle more trade as the country continues to recover from the pandemic and prepares to fully open the economy. The deepening of the berths will allow us to facilitate larger vessels and additional cargo,” MHC Commercial Head Geraldine Santos said. 

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