PHILIPPINES business Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation says it has procured two new additional empty handlers from Kalmar as part of its efforts to boost port operations this year.

SBITC said the Kalmar empty container handlers would be used to support the terminal’s new empty container depot.

“Our new containers are part of this year’s port improvement plan and will be used in our empty container depot. In fact, our terminal has increased its mobile stacker fleet by 100% compared to January this year,” an SBITC statement read.

Empty container handlers are specialised forklifts designed to efficiently stack empty containers and handle fully loaded containers.

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Each handler has a lifting capacity of nine metric tonnes and can stack empty containers up to six feet high, seen as essential for port operators to fully maximise space to load and unload containers.

“We’re looking forward to the arrival of more cranes later this year to complete our 2019 port improvement plan,” the SBITC statement read.

“We will continue to invest in improving our facilities as a world class freeport for the benefit of our locators and port users.”

Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation is the container port operator of the Subic Freeport Area in Subic, Zambales, and serves the industries in Northern and Central Luzon. 

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