Tanza Barge Terminal opens, offers alternative to trucking

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Tanza Barge Terminal is designed to handle almost 240,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) annually. Photo from DP World/ATI.
  • Asian Terminals Inc. and DP World opened Tanza Barge Terminal in Cavite on April 25
  • TBT provides cargo owners an alternative to trucking
  • The facility is projected to save around 150,000 truck trips yearly
  • TBT can handle 240,000 twenty-foot equivalent units annually
  • Three weekly trips will initially shuttle containers between TBT and Manila South Harbor, with each leg able to carry around 100 40-foot laden containers
  • The facility will be managed by ATI-subsidiary Tanza Container Terminal Inc.

Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) and DP World opened Tanza Barge Terminal (TBT) in Cavite on April 25, offering cargo owners an alternative to trucking.

Located within the newly-designated MetroCas Industrial Estates Special Economic Zone (MIE-SEZ) in Tanza, TBT is designed to handle almost 240,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) annually. It will be managed by ATI-subsidiary Tanza Container Terminal Inc. (TCTI).

“In the face of ongoing road congestion issues, Tanza Barge Terminal offers cargo owners a more efficient and sustainable alternative to trucking,” DPWorld, ATI’s strategic foreign shareholder, said in a statement.

With its container yard, causeway, berth, jetty, breakwater and deck facilities, DP World said the barge terminal is projected to save around 150,000 truck trips yearly.

Three weekly trips will initially shuttle containers between TBT and another ATI-operated terminal the Manila South Harbor, with each leg able to carry around 100 40-foot laden containers; there are plans for future expansion of services.

The barge berth has two fixed harbor cranes, with the four-hectare yard complemented by two reach stackers and four internal transfer vehicles.

The Bureau of Customs on March 25 granted TCTI a license to operate as an inland container terminal and container yard.

READ: BOC grants Tanza Container Terminal license to operate as CY operator

DP World Group chairman and chief executive officer Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “Tanza Barge Terminal is a fantastic example of how DP World collaborates with its partners across the world to enhance trade networks through smart, market-responsive solutions. As strategic partners, DP World and ATI have developed a long-term solution that addresses urgent customer needs and fosters economic development across the country. Apart from connecting different parts of the local supply chain ecosystem, we are confident that this innovative sea transport system will serve as a template for how domestic seaways can be transformed into economic superhighways, elsewhere in Asia Pacific and around the world.”

ATI president Eusebio Tanco, for his part, said: “We are very pleased to offer an innovative and transformative trade solution for the Philippine supply chain. Through our partnership with DP World, Tanza Barge Terminal brings shipment faster and smarter to beneficial cargo owners, which in turn fast-tracks production cycles and on a bigger scale stimulates local economic activity, particularly in the industrial growth corridor of Cavite. This is a perfect complement to the government’s push for inclusive and sustainable growth anchored on trade facilitation and job generation initiatives in partnership with local and international stakeholders.”

Philippine Economic Zone Authority director general Tereso Panga said the opening of TBT “represents a vote of confidence” in MIE-SEZ.

“By establishing a direct sea link between Cavite and Manila, the new barge terminal offers a vital conduit for the efficient movement of goods, thereby boosting development within and beyond the export zone,” Panga added.