Manila and Subic international terminals are limiting operations due to typhoon Ambo (international name Vongfong).
In an advisory, port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) said vessel, yard, and gate operations at Manila South Harbor are suspended on May 15 with Metro Manila under storm signal number 2.
Operations of ATI’s North Container Depot facility are also suspended until further notice.
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), in a separate advisory, said it is implementing the following operations and billing timeline for May 15 at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT):
• Vessel – closure 1900H
• Yard and Gate Operations – closure 1700H
• Empty acceptance – closure 1700H
• Billing Hours – 0800H to 1800H (kiosk cut-off is at 1700H)
MICT management said heavier than usual activity in the yard and heavier traffic around the port should be expected due to today’s closures which will increase demand for deliveries and receiving from port opening.
Vessel, yard, and gate operations, as well as empty deliveries acceptance are expected to resume on May 16 at 7AM and billing operations at 8AM with kiosk cut-off at 5PM.
Meanwhile, Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC), which operates New Container Terminals 1 and 2 at Subic Port, said there will be no vessel movement starting May 15 at 6AM. Olongapo City and Subic Bay Freeport Zone are under typhoon signal number 1.
SBITC, a subsidiary of ICTSI, said the weather is being closely monitored for lifting of “no vessel movement”, adding that equipment are secure with continuous housekeeping of the yard.
Billing, gate, and yard remain in normal operations as of May 15.
SBITC said yard utilization at the terminals is at 35%, while reefer utilization is at 46%. Utilization of the container freight station is at 10%.
“With a healthy yard, reefer, and CFS utilization, SBITC can accommodate overflow amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila that has been extended until May 31 (Sunday),” SBITC said. – Roumina Pablo