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The construction of Cebu International Port’s finger pier started in September 2018. The facility is scheduled to start operations on October 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of port cargo-handling operator Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation.

Cebu International Port’s (CIP) annual capacity has been increased to 900,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) with the inauguration of its new P1-billion finger pier.

The new finger pier, a project of CIP cargo-handling operator Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR) in cooperation with the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), starts operations on October 7 and will allow the terminal to handle more cargo traffic and help decongest the Cebu hub.

OPASCOR chairman and chief executive officer Tomas Riveral, during the inauguration on September 30, said the new pier doubles berthing spaces at CIP to four from the previous two berths.

The 1.25-hectare facility will accommodate general cargo vessels carrying rice, steel, cement, salt and other bulk cargoes. Its 250-meter berth area can accommodate two small or medium-size vessels or one large vessel.

The pier’s 7,500-yard space is also capable of stacking an additional 1,050 TEUs of containers, increasing CIP’s total storage capacity to more than 10,000 TEUs at any given time.

As of December 31, 2018, the volume of cargoes handled at the Cebu International Port increased by 10% for foreign containers, 45% for domestic containers and 10% for general cargoes. Photo courtesy of port cargo-handling operator Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation.

The cargo-handling operator also invested P200 million for the complementing equipment.

OPASCOR chief legal officer Atty. Annabel Pulvera-Page last year said the finger pier, which is constructed at the northern end of CIP, is 50 meters wide and 250 meters long, with a total area of 12,500 square meters and a draft of 12 meters.

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One side of the pier will accommodate general cargoes, while the other side will be allotted to container vessels. The pier, which will also act as a siltation barrier, will have space for laden boxes and be equipped with quay cranes.

With the new pier, the current berthing area for foreign cargoes will be primarily used to service vessels carrying containerized cargoes, allowing it to accommodate bigger containerized vessels, or more vessels of the same sizes as those presently calling at CIP.

Further, OPASCOR said the finger pier as constructed is also designed so that siltation coming from the creek beside it is barred from congesting CIP’s existing berth area.

As of December 31, 2018, the volume of cargoes handled at CIP increased by 10% for foreign containers, 45% for domestic containers, and 10% for general cargoes.

“With this new facility, CIP can certainly handle the expected increasing cargo traffic for the upcoming years,” OPASCOR said in a statement.

At its maximum use, the total annual capacity of the existing CIP container yard together with its finger pier yard will be more than 900,000 TEUs at an average dwell time of 4.5 days and three days, respectively.

At the end of the finger pier, a roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ramp was also constructed to accommodate Ro-Ro vessels or barges. OPASCOR said this is to allow barging as a viable alternative of transporting cargoes outside of CIP via the sea to avoid road congestion.

“The use of waterway hustling as a logistical tool for urban and countryside distribution of cargoes will complement the existing traffic grid and further improve port connectivity,” OPASCOR noted. – Roumina Pablo

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