International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) assured port users, especially exporters, that there will be no delays in servicing cargo at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) with the global implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“It will be business as usual at the MICT upon the effectivity of the ISPS Code on July 1,” said Francis M. Andrews, ICTSI Senior Vice President and General Manager of the MICT, ICTSI’s flagship operation. “Being ISPS compliant means that your cargo will be moved, and moved with no hindrances. No new cargo handling procedures were introduced, and we assure you of continued timely, efficient and quality cargo handling services at the MICT,” he added.
Even before the ISPS compliance activities, ICTSI has been continuously investing on safety and security systems and equipment, and has been developing and implementing policies and procedures on port safety, security and environment protection.
Moreover, ICTSI has continuously conformed to international standards of operations as manifested by certifications in IS0 9002 quality management standards and ISO 14001 environment management standards. “We were already practicing all the ISPS requirements long before the Code became mandatory. The ISPS Code merely reinforced our existing systems and procedures,” said Andrews. ICTSI is coordinating closely with shipping lines calling at the MICT to ensure that the vessels are also compliant with the ISPS Code
Exporters are urged to choose ISPS compliant vessels that will transport their goods to ensure that their cargo reach its destination at the appointed time.