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President Rodrigo Duterte was the guest speaker at the Nov 22 inauguration of Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite.

The Philippines’ first container roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) barge terminal, Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) in Tanza, Cavite province, was formally opened on November 22 by President Rodrigo Duterte and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) chairman and president Enrique Razon, Jr.

Built on a six-hectare property at a cost of P1.5-billion by ICTSI, the common-use greenfield terminal can accommodate 115,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

CGT was built with the aim of facilitating the seaborne transfer of containers from Cavite to major Luzon port facilities including those in Manila, Subic, and Batangas. Since waterways, not roads, are used to transfer the containers to the terminal, CGT is seen to reduce truck trips on city roads by an estimated 140,000 annually.

“This terminal is designed to reduce the number of trucks and help in decongesting Metro Manila roads. We hope that this pioneering terminal will be duplicated throughout the country to further facilitate trade,” Razon said in a speech during the inauguration ceremony.

For his part, Duterte said he directed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority to ensure strict enforcement of existing rules and regulations in the operations of CGT in order to guarantee cargo safety and prevent any incident at sea.

CGT is a “common-use facility” for barge operators, a condition set by the DOTr when it approved the unsolicited proposal for its operation. Currently, CGT has more than three barge operators that clients can choose from.

ICTSI Asia-Pacific commercial director Justin Tolentino, in an interview with PortCalls on the sidelines of the inauguration, said some dredging will still have to be done but “we’re ready to go.” He noted some export boxes are already arriving at the terminal this month for transfer to Manila.

Tolentino said they expect the terminal to hit capacity within a year or two, as several companies have already signified their intent to use the new facility.

CGT is located within a 5- to 30-kilometer radius of major economic zones, and is strategically located to support manufacturing and distribution centers within Cavite and beyond. Tolentino said there are also opportunities from domestic containerized cargoes coming from other parts of the country, such as cement and aggregates from Bataan, Cebu, and Cagayan, among other shipments.

CGT’s services cover empty container maintenance and repair for both dry and reefer boxes, container weighing, and other container-related services. The terminal can also handle special containers, out-of-gauge project cargoes, and ISO tanks. Its current fleet of equipment includes one empty handler, two reach stackers, two forklifts, and three prime movers.

Earlier, ICTSI global corporate head Christian Gonzalez said the port operator is working with the municipal government of Tanza to construct a four-lane road “to make sure that the long-term viability of the facility is there as the volume increases” and to “get the trucks through without any disruption to the community.” – Text and photo by Roumina Pablo

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