ZCIPSI adds 13 more equipment in Zambo Port PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 January 2014 11:42

“13” is a lucky number for the Zamboanga City Integrated Port Services Incorporated (ZCIPSI), the lone cargo handler in the Port of Zamboanga, as they welcome the New Year with thirteen (13) more new units for use in their port operations.

Acquired in December 2013, the 13 new units include one unit reach Stacker, 45-tonner capacity; two (2) units forklift, 5-tonner capacity, six (6) units chassis, combination type 40F; three (3) units Tractor Heads, Ro-Ro capable; and one (1) unit 40-footer Container Spreader. These units are an addition to a previous procurement of seven (7) units in August 2013. ZCIPSI’s equipment procurement has now reached a total of twenty (20) units, at the whopping collated price tag of Php80 million.

ZCIPSI Operations Manager Yshmer Upao explains that the equipment procurement done by ZCIPSI demonstrates the company’s determination in improving port operations, especially in the handling of container vans. With new equipment ready for use, container vans and loose cargoes may be retrieved and delivered faster to consignees. This in turn promotes a better flow of container and cargo traffic, notes PPA Dock Operations Officer Jaime G. Garcia. He says that with efficient equipment, the Port of Zamboanga may easily achieve its goal to be a globally competitive transport facility.

ZCIPSI General Manager Romeo B. Casela reiterates that the equipment procurement is part of his company’s commitment to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and to the port community in improving the quality of cargo-handling services in the Port of Zamboanga. Casela emphasizes, “ZCIPSI intends to manage cargo-handling services in the long term here in Zamboanga, and the only way to ensure this goal is to work closely with PPA in achieving business competency that will result to economic stability.”

The Philippine Ports Authority requires its Cargo Handling Operators (CHO) to fulfill their commitment in their submitted business plan as part of their Cargo Handling contract. PPA-Zamboanga’s Port Manager Engr. Liberto dela Rosa discloses that so far, ZCIPSI has been competent in delivering its services and in complying with PPA requirements.  Dela Rosa says, “ZCIPSI has been an important partner of the Authority in making sure that the public, especially the port clients, are served more competently. Port operations is the most vital function of the Philippine Ports Authority, and we have to make sure that this aspect in port management is competently handled. ”

Among the procured units, the reach stacker is the most expensive, costing P21 million each, as it is designed to move 20-footer and 40-footer container vans from one location to another.

Baseport Zamboanga handles voluminous cargo and passenger traffic daily. In December 2013 alone, a total of 225,598 passengers passed through the Baseport, while 1,151 vessels were serviced by PPA and by ZCIPSI. This high traffic volume makes the Port of Zamboanga one of the ten (10) most significant PPA ports in the country. — Karen Rivero/PIO-Designate