Mar 21, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Container volume at Batangas terminal rises
Listed Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said container volume at the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) jumped by a third last year on higher flow of commodities that support South Luzon industries.
The terminal handled more than 130,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of international containers in 2015, up from the 98,000 TEUs reported a year before, the Tanco-led port operator said in a statement over the weekend.
This marked the "highest throughput thus far in a single year" for the trade hub of Calabarzon area, covering Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
"This was driven largely by BCT's growing Calabarzon customers now taking full advantage of a reliable port facility near their factories," ATI said. "BCT is seamlessly connected to modern road infrastructure, making the transport of commodities faster and more convenient at lower costs."
The company also attributed the higher volume to the rising number of vessel calls at BCT.
In 2015, vessel traffic surged by more than 50% to almost 190 calls, from 120 in 2014.
These were led by intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport, which directly connects BCT shippers to Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and other key regional and global markets through two regular weekly services off Batangas. Shanghai-based SITC Lines also deploys a ship to BCT every week, while Regional Container Lines docks fortnightly.