MCC Transport Philippines, Inc (MCCP) remains excited about prospects for the country’s domestic shipping industry as they launch their newest vessel, M/V MCC Luzon.
The company said the Philippine economy continues to be resilient despite overall slowdown in the global market, which is encouraging for MCCP’s domestic weekly service covering major Philippine ports.
In an interview following the recent christening of MCC Luzon, MCCP resident director Naresh Potty said, “We are very happy about our domestic services and the continued support provided by our clients. With our new vessel, we expect to continue offering international standards to the domestic market moving forward.”
He added, “We will be able to provide Philippine shippers reliability and integrity of schedule as well as availability of containers and vessel capacity.”
The company is hoping fuel prices will stabilize soon so it can further improve services battered by soaring fuel cost since last year.
MCC Luzon is a 1,012 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel built in 1992, with ports rotating Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu-Manila-General Santos-Davao-Manila. The vessel will alternately call at these ports on a butterfly loop with MCC’s other domestic vessel, MCC Mindanao, thereby offering a fixed-day departure from all ports.
MCCP is also looking at other ports where there are enough opportunities.
Annually, MCCP handles about 75,000 to 80,000 TEUs. It remains optimistic about the future of their service.
MCCP is a joint venture between MCC Transport Singapore Pte Ltd, Mercantile Ocean Maritime Co (Filipinas), Inc, and ATS Consolidated, Inc.
Since its inception in the Philippines four years ago, MCCP has been providing the Philippine market with reliable fixed-day weekly departures, ISO compliant 20-foot and 40-foot containers and customer services of international standards. These services have won the support of a significant number of local shippers, helping the company reach the vaunted top 1,000 corporations in the Philippines in 2010.