ZCIPSI procures P30M equipment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:10

One unit of equipment alone costs a whopping P21 million and for ZCIPSI, spending such an amount is just the initial step in improving cargo-handling capability.

General Manager Romeo B. Casela of the Zamboanga City Integrated Port Services Inc. (ZCIPSI) presented seven new units including four skeletal chassis trailers, two flatbed chassis trailers and one reach stacker as the initial procurement achieved by the cargo handling operator in pursuing improvement in cargo handling operations.

Casela disclosed that ZCIPSI, as part of its commitment to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), has allotted P57 million for equipment procurement alone only for this year. A seasoned operations man, Casela said that improving the quality of cargo-handling services is the utmost priority of the company. Yshmer Upao, ZCIPSI Operations Manager, explains that with the new equipment, the handling of container vans will be more efficient, resulting to smooth-flowing container traffic and faster retrieval of cargoes by shipping lines or by consignees.

Meanwhile, PPA officials Arthur B. Nogas and Jaime G. Garcia acknowledge the move undertaken by ZCIPSI as a serious commitment to the goal of making Zamboanga Port a globally competitive transport facility.

Garcia explained that this is the first time in two decades that a cargo handling operator has procured brand-new equipment to improve cargo handling operations. Nogas adds that with the new equipment, Zamboanga Port will now be able to handle a greater volume of cargoes within a more efficient system. The reach stacker is the most expensive unit among the seven sets, as it is designed to move 20-footer and 40-footer container vans from one location to another.

ZCIPSI is the lone cargo handling operator in the Port of Zamboanga, and Casela stressed the importance in maintaining a strong, solid bond with the Philippine Ports Authority. “Teamwork and collaboration between ZCIPSI and PPA is the only economic formula that could make any project successful. Working closely with the government corporation will ensure competency. ZCIPSI intends to stay for the long haul, and we intend to develop the cargo handling services here to its full potential,” he quipped.