MANILA, Philippines – The Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) saw an increase in the number of international carriers using the alternative port gateway last month, according to the port’s operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI).
ATI said more international carriers used the port in June as MCC Transport’s enhanced Philippine Feeder (PH4) was launched for its second weekly service via Batangas.
ATI added that Express Feeders ships have also being using BCT, with other major international carriers expected to follow suit given the port’s “efficiency, flexibility and proximity” to Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon).
The PH4 service, which started in BCT on June 1, covers Yantian, Hong Kong, Batangas, Manila (North), General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Vladivostok (Fish Port), Vladivostok (Dalzavod), Busan, Osaka, Hakata, and Yantian.
The service cuts transit times between Batangas and Hong Kong, Yantian, Hakata and Osaka to 2, 3, 7 and 9 days respectively as compared to the former transit of 15, 16, 19 and 22 days.
It also cuts transit time by more than half for Batangas imports from Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Tokyo, Qingdao, Xingang, Shanghai, Huangpu and Shekou via Hong Kong transshipment.
MCC has also enhanced its Intra-Asia 7 (IA7) service, replacing it with the Intra-Asia 4 (IA4) which offers higher capacity vessels with wider service coverage.
The IA4 service offers direct export connectivity to Hong Kong, Yantian, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan and Kwangyang as well as export transshipment products to major Japan ports via Hong Kong.
It also facilitates direct and faster imports to Batangas from Singapore (4 days), Tanjung Pelepas (5 days), Jakarta (9 days) and Surabaya (11 days).
PH4 calls BCT on Sundays while the IA4 calls on Saturdays.