International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said it recently received four new hybrid rubber-tired gantries (RTG) for its flagship port, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)

In a statement on Monday, the listed port operator said the eco-friendly RTGs are part of its long-term goal of adhering to environmental efficiency in its operations.

“Seen to reduce carbon emissions by 40% and noise levels at the container yard, and up to 60% better fuel economy-these hybrids reaffirm the Company’s efforts in minimizing the impact of port operations at its Manila flagship,” it said.

The four Mitsui Li-ion Hybrid RTGs are part of its order of 16 from Japan-based Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. These have smaller diesel engines and a 200kVA Li-ion battery, which would help improve the carbon footprint of MICT.

According to Business World, the remaining 12 hybrid RTGs are expected to arrive within the first half of the year, together with two super post-Panamax quay cranes.

ICTSI started managing the MICT in 1988 when it was awarded the 25 + 25 years concession for the port.

Aside from MICT, ICTSI also operates several ports within the country and outside, such as in Asia Pacific, Africa, Americas, Europe and Middle East.

The Razon-led firm is currently aiming to make its operations across the ICTSI group eco-friendly by acquiring port tools with less carbon footprint and using energy-efficient cargo handling equipment and vehicle fleets.

“As we continuously drive economic growth in our home operations, ICTSI will always be at the forefront of innovation with ports equipment and adaptive technology that ensures increasing productivity while reducing carbon footprint,” ICTSI Global Corporate Head Christian R. Gonzalez said in the statement.

ICTSI posted a 2.66% increase in its attributable net income at $153.29 million for the first three quarters of 2018, due to a 10% jump in revenues from port operations at $1 billion. — Denise A. Valdez

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