Batangas terminal welcomes MSC, RCL services

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Batangas terminal welcomes MSC, RCL services
Batangas Container Terminal photo from terminal operator Asian Terminals Inc.
  • Two new services called at Batangas Container Terminal in July
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company and Regional Container Lines operate the two new regular services to the Southern Luzon gateway
  • The maiden calls of MSC’s MV IDA II on July 7 and RCL’s MV Lalit Bhum on July 8 were followed by MSC’s MV Tiphaine on July 10
  • The vessels were part of MSC’s Lang Co service and RCL’s VTX4 service

Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) welcomed two new services in July that offered more connections for locators and major industries in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and surrounding areas.

Vessels deployed to the new services operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Regional Container Lines (RCL) began their regular sailings to the Southern Luzon gateway early this month, terminal operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) said in a statement.

The maiden voyages of MSC’s MV IDA II on July 7 and RCL’s MV Lalit Bhum on July 8 was followed by MSC’s MV Tiphaine on July 10. ATI said BCT welcomed these maiden calls with the traditional exchange of commemorative plaques witnessed by ship officials and owners’ representatives.

The vessel calls are part of MSC’s Lang Co service and RCL’s VTX4 service.

MSC’s Lang Co weekly service covers Singapore, Jakarta, Batangas, Manila South Harbor, Nansha, Shekou, Quinhon, Danang, Yantian, Shekou, Ho Chi Minh, Vungtau and Tanjung Pelepas.

RCL deployed a vessel and joined the VTX4 service loop covering Batangas, Manila North, Nansha, Hong Kong, Sihanoukville, Laem Chabang, and Ho Chi Minh in its weekly port rotation.

The two new services effectively boosted BCT’s trade services to nine from seven previously, offering industrial locators in Batangas and nearby provinces with direct and more competitive trade connectivity options that best fit their production and shipping cycles, ATI said.

“We are very pleased to facilitate faster and smarter trade opportunities via our modern gateway ports in collaboration with our shipping line partners,” said William Khoury, ATI director and DP World head for ports and terminals in Southeast Asia.

“These trade services add testament to the sustainable growth of Batangas Port as a regional trade enabler and its readiness to handle more CALABARZON volumes as the country sustains its post-pandemic economic recovery,” Khoury added.

BCT is located within a 60-kilometer radius from major export and industrial zones with unrestricted road connectivity.

The terminal can handle over 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent units annually and deliver and pick-up containers within an hour of truck entry behind an auto-gate system.