A familiar problem has hit the port of Manila again; congestion brought around by too many empty containers lying around the cramped facilities in the Philippine capital.
Asian Terminals Inc (ATI), one of two port operators at the port, has tapped six liners to help alleviate the crunch at Manila South Harbor. ATI has said it is working with CMA CGM, TS Lines, Evergreen, Yang Ming and HMM to take more than 10,000 empty containers from the port for recirculation to Asian destinations in the coming weeks.
Congestion at the country’s top port has been a regular problem. On January 23 this year, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd announced it was stopping taking all reefer cargo to Manila, for both North and South Harbor.
“The decision is made due to terminal congestions at Manila port as well as limited trucking capacity,” Hapag-Lloyd stated in a notice to clients.