PH launches first container barge port

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2018 06:25 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday led the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) in Tanza, Cavite, the Philippines’ first container barge port.

The CGT, one of the projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, is expected to decrease truck trips by 140,000 per year or equivalent to nearly two kilometers of truck traffic on the road daily once it becomes fully operational.

The port can handle trans-shipment of cargo from international ports in Manila to Cavite via barges and Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) operations, a mode of cargo transport seen to decongest traffic in major roads.

The P1.5-billion common-use greenfield development by the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), which operates several ports across the country, also has the capacity to accommodate 115,000 20-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo.

According to the project brief of the CGT, Tanza was chosen as the location of the terminal because it hosts a number of major economic zones within 5 to 30 kilometers of its radius, such as the Cavite Export Processing Zone in Rosario town and the First Cavite Industrial Estate in Dasmariñas City.