ICTSI Laguna Dry Port Expansion
International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) dry port unit, Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT), recently broke ground to start the expansion of new facilities which include extended and dedicated storage areas for loaded and empty containers, a runway for rubber tired gantries (RTG), container care facilities, weigh bridges at the gates and an upgraded access road, as it primes the Laguna dry port for the revival of intermodal freight transport in the Philippines.
The expansion works, which is Phase 1 development of LGICT, commenced after groundbreaking and time capsule lowering ceremonies attended by officers and staff of ICTSI and LGICT, representatives from joint venture partners Transnational Diversified Group and Nippon Container Terminals Co. Ltd., and officials from local government units at the Laguna dry port site in Calamba City, 58 kilometers south of Metro Manila, province of Laguna.
In his message, Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific region, thanked partners, clients, the provincial government of Laguna, the city government of Calamba and all the parties involved in the Laguna dry port. He bared plans to revive an existing railroad connection that will directly link LGICT and ICTSI’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the country’s largest and sole dedicated container handling facility.
“It is a great aspiration that we have, not only to see this develop as an inland container terminal in today’s form, but also as an inland container terminal connected by rail to the country’s premier port in its future form. I think this ambition that we have is something that requires congratulations at this point. Obviously, with all the hard work from all of us and help of the government, we will make this a reality in the coming years,” says Mr. Gonzalez.