Construction of dry-bulk terminal at free port area of Bataan starts

SEASIA Nectar Port Services Inc. (SNPSI), which will operate the first port services in Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), has started the construction of the 11.4-hectare Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal inside FAB.

SNPSI, a joint venture of Seasia Logistic Philippines Inc. and United Kingdom-based Nectar Group Ltd., will soon offer port services which will ease logistics to FAB locators as they can directly ship their products to Manila and outside the country.

SNPSI Chairman Ramon Atayde said the 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.

“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,” Atayde added.

The SNPSI’s dry bulk terminal will also help in easing the Manila port as it also intends to put up facilities for warehousing, stevedoring, lightering and towing of cargo.

In a previous interview, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (Afab) Chairman Deogracias Custodio mentioned that 99 percent of FAB locators are utilizing the Manila port.

Moreover, the Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal will have three phases.

The Phase 1 will involve a 5.9-hectare port facility with a 247-meter quay with a 13.5-meter draft.

The first phase can accommodate two Panama vessels. It also has a minimum capacity to handle 3 million tons per year.

The second and third phases can also handle two Panama vessels.

“The presence of SNPSI would help in attracting more investors to locate at the FAB as costs of shipment would be reduced,” Custodio said.

“This project gives us confidence to market ourselves to other kind of industries worldwide. With this, we assure SNPSI that you will have the full support of the Afab,” he added.

The commercial operation of SNPSI’s port is set in 2016.


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