MINDANAO Container Terminal, formerly known as Mindanao International Container Terminal, has announced it is rolling out improvements and upgrades at its port terminal.

This is said to be part of a strategy to become a premier international gateway in Mindanao. 

MCT said is currently upgrading its terminal operating system with a view to become “more customer-centric”.

“Our ongoing modernization and changes in our current practices will propel us to become the leading port in Mindanao,” a management statement read.

“We aim to help spur economic growth in the countryside, especially now that Northern Mindanao, through the Misamis Oriental economic zone, is poised to become a prime investment hub in the region.”

According to MCT, equipment modernisation is underway, with new reach stackers, terminal tractors and trailers, and other “cutting-edge” equipment expected to be completed this year and in the middle of 2020. 

“We’ve ordered additional equipment as part of our upgrades early this year as we expect more volume in shipments,” MCT stated.

“Now that more investments are coming into the Misamis Oriental economic zone, we have to be ready to accommodate the surge in demand.”

The port terminal also plans to be a trans-shipment hub connecting Northern Mindanao to Visayas and other parts of the country.

MCT is owned by ICTSI, the owner of Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne.