posted July 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm by Darwin G. Amojelar [http://thestandard.com.ph]
The operator of Manila Harbour Centre signed a joint venture agreement with the City of Manila for the reclamation of 50 hectares as an extension of the country’s first and only private international commercial port for bulk and break-bulk cargoes in Vitas, Tondo.
The Reghis Romero-led Habour Centre Port Terminal said it would invest almost P7.4 billion in the reclamation project.
The project will add another 20 hectares with a kilometer-long berthing facility to the Harbour Centre PortTerminal, which has been experiencing difficulties in accommodating the increase in the volume of vessels and cargoes at the port.
HCPT’s annual cargo volume rose to 6 million metric tons in the last five years from only 3 million metric tons.
The company said the additional one kilometer ould extend HCPT’s berth to a total of 2,115 meters, increasing its capacity to handle large vessels from 14 to 16.
The additional 20 hectares from the 50-hectare reclamation project will also expand HCPT’s apron and backuparea to a total 32 hectares from the current 12 hectares.