The country’s first barge terminal in Cavite is set to be launched in June, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The Cavite Gateway Terminal Phase 1 project in Tanza is over 90 percent complete with over 300 manpower working 24/7.
The roll-on roll-off (RoRo) barge terminal, to be operated by the International Container Terminal Services Inc. is aimed at decongesting Metro Manila traffic by reducing the number of cargo trucks plying its roads by 50 percent.
The Cavite Gateway Terminal Phase 1 will accommodate barges, which will ferry 20 and 30-footer container trucks now plying the routes of Metro Manila from Subic Port in the North and Batangas Port from the South.
Dubbed as the first barge terminal of its kind in the Philippines, the project will have 550 ground slots for containers.
An estimated two to three hours of ferry time, with initial multiple pick-up locations from Cavite-Manila, Cavite-Batangas, and other future routes such as Cavite-Subic, this facility will have an empty container depot. - M. Iglesias