By Emmie V. Abadilla
To improve its port operations this year, Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC) recently procured a couple of new container handlers from Kalmar, an industry forerunner in terminal automation and energy-efficient container handling.
Empty container handlers are specialized forklifts designed to efficiently stack empty containers and handle fully loaded containers in the Freeport. Each handler has a lifting capacity of 9 metric tons and can stack empty containers up to 6 feet high, which is essential for port operators to fully maximize space to load and unload containers.
The Kalmar empty container handlers will be fully operational next month, directly supporting SBITC’s latest offering – the Empty Container Depot, meant to serve the region and the rest of Luzon’s growing need to move empty containers in and out of the country.
“Our new containers are part of this year’s port improvement plan and will be used in our empty container depot. In fact, our terminal has increased its mobile stacker fleet by 100% compared to January this year,” the operator reiterated in a statement.
SBITC expects more cranes to arrive later this year to complete its 2019 port improvement plan. ‘We will continue to invest in improving our facilities as a world-class freeport for the benefit of our locators and port users,” according to SBITC .
Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation is one of the leading port operators in the world. It is the container port operator of the Subic Freeport Area in Subic, Zambales, and serves the industries in Northern and Central Luzon.