MARIVELES, Bataan – The Seasia Nectar Port Services, Inc.’s (SNPSI) Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal officially starts commercial operation, opening more opportunities to the locators of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) and Bataan.
“I am pleased to announce that we now have 180 meters of berth available and we are ready to accept barges and vessels. Bulk cargo in barges would be handled by material handlers, the first of its kind in the country, where discharging will be faster, more efficient and cleaner,” SNPSI Chairman Ramon Atayde said in a press release.
The opening of the Mariveles Terminal will make the FAB a viable location for investors, as it will allow companies to directly ship their products to Manila and outside the country.
“The SNPSI port will surely help in the development of the FAB, as well as push the growth trajectory of the freeport. More investors will be encouraged to locate at the FAB as costs of shipment would be reduced with the operations of the Mariveles Terminal,” Chairman Custodio said.
“The port helps the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan in attaining its vision to become the freeport of choice by 2020 with world class facilities. It gives us confidence to market ourselves to other kind of industries worldwide,” he added.
SNPSI, a joint venture company between Seasia Logistic Philippines, Inc. and Nectar Group Ltd., officially started the development of the 11.4-hectare port last year.
The planned dry bulk terminal is designed to handle shipment of coal, clinker, silica sand and other cement raw materials, steel, fertilizer and other dry bulk cargo. SNPSI is also set to build facilities for warehousing, stevedoring, lightering and towing of cargo.
The SNPSI chairman noted that the port is built and operated according to the international health, safety and environmental standards of clients.
“We will ensure that the facility will meet the clients’ standards and employ efficient and proper cargo handling methods to avoid any impact to the environment,” he stressed.
The construction of the terminal will be done in 3 phases, according to a SNPSI report. The first phase include the development of a 5.9-hectare port facility that has a 247-meter quay with a 13.5 meters draft (MLLW). Phase 1 will accommodate two vessels of about 120 meters long, or one supramax/panama vessel, as well as handle a capacity of at least 3 million tons per year.
The second and third phases will expand the bulk terminal to accommodate another two vessels or one supramax/panama vessel.