VCT welcomes first visit from SITC Container Lines

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SITC’s CPX6 service’s maiden call at Visayas Container Terminal. Photo from ICTSI shows (from left) VCT chief financial officer Jason Karaan; VCT executive director Timothee Jeannin; SITC Port Klang vessel master Capt. Liu Chengxuan; ICTSI commercial director – Philippines Mikkel Puyat; and SITC Philippines managing director Song Junping.
  • Visayas Container Terminal in Iloilo received on May 6 the inaugural call of SITC Container Lines’ CPX6 service, linking the port to markets in China
  •  The weekly CPX6 service calls key ports in China and the Philippines and is operated by four vessels with capacities ranging from 2,400 to 2,700 TEUs

Visayas Container Terminal (VCT) in Iloilo received on May 6 the inaugural call of SITC Container Lines’ CPX6 service, linking the port to markets in China.

“The arrival of this service ushers a new era of collaboration and trade opportunity for Western Visayas, which holds immense economic potential across multiple sectors including agriculture and manufacturing,” VCT executive director Timothee Jeannin said in a statement.

He explained: “Iloilo is strategically located at the center of the Visayas, the second largest economic region in the Philippines. With the region earmarked for future economic development, we are pleased to collaborate with SITC in connecting the Visayas to China directly. The service will help local industries thrive by expanding their market access.”

The weekly CPX6 service calls to the following key ports: Tianjin – Yantai – Qingdao – Shanghai –Ningbo – Qinzhou – Xiamen – Subic Bay – Manila – Iloilo – Cebu – Davao – Tianjin. It is operated by four vessels with capacities ranging from 2,400 to 2,700 twenty-foot equivalent units.

Port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) last January was awarded the 25-year cargo-handling contract to operate and develop Iloilo Commercial Port Complex, which it renamed VCT. The terminal started commercial operations under ICTSI last April and deployment of more equipment and terminal upgrades are ongoing.

VCT handles a current volume of 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent units and two million metric tons of non-containerized cargo annually. It features 627 meters of operational quay length and 20 hectares of land dedicated to container and general cargo storage, warehousing, and other cargo-handling activities.

Under the contract, VCT’s operations will exclusively serve foreign vessels and cargoes. For the first five years, domestic vessels and cargoes are permitted until the Fort San Pedro port development turnover.

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