Batangas Port, the Philippines’ top car carrier port operated by listed Asian Terminals (ATI), will soon banner a state-of-the-art multilevel car storage facility (MCSF) to support the booming consumer demand for imported vehicles.
ATI Executive Vice President Andrew Hoad, along with port officials and senior officers of the country’s major car manufacturers, spearheaded the MCSF’s groundbreaking recently.
ATI is investing Php1.3 billion (approximately $25 million) to develop the five-storey MCSF which will enable Batangas Port to handle over 7,000 completely-built carunits (CBUs) at any single time.
Last year, Batangas Port handled over 200,000 CBUs, its highest car throughput in a single year, representing the majority of 2016’scar sales nationwide.
Industry leaders NW Steel Industries and DCCDEngineering Corporation are constructing the project. MCSF’s phase 1 will come online as early as November this year while the second phase will be finished by mid-2018.
The MCSF is being built in a two hectare space adjacent to the Roll-on/Roll-off berths of Batangas Port, making it a strategic staging area for transporting imported vehicles to island destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao via interisland vessels.
Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremonies were NW Steel President Mario Montejo, Kia President Elena Domingo, Mitsubishi Senior Marketing Manager Alexis Aspillera, Toyota Senior Vice President Leody Gilbuena, Philippine Ports Authority’s Batangas Port Manager Leopoldo Biscocho, ATI Executive Vice President Andrew Hoad, Bureau of Customs’ Batangas collector Reynaldo Galeno, Isuzu Vice President Koichi Tamura, Hyundai Senior Assistant Vice President Jemuel Julian, Nissan General Manager forTCS-Logistics Eddielyn Quiazon, and DCCD Engineering Corp. President Michael Reyes.