Country’s first barge terminal opens in November

The Philippines’ first barge terminal is scheduled to open on November 5. The barge terminal, Cavite Gateway Terminal is located in a six-hectare property in Brgy. Capipisa in Tanza, Cavite.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said construction for the CGT started in October 2017 and was completed in about a year. Barge operations have started in September as part of the dry-run prior to full operations.

According to DOTr, CGT will allow trans-shipment of cargo from international ports in Manila to Cavite via barges and Roll-on Roll Off (RoRo) operations. “By moving cargo and people out of the roads and into the waterways, it would decongest traffic in major roads,” DOTr said.

It added that CGT will also be integrated with other major Luzon port facilities for a cost-effective and time-bound access to the Cavite market.

“We are an archipelago, so this is really a no-brainer. Matagal na dapat ito. Madalas congested ang mga kalsada na papunta sa mga port, at ito ang magiging solusyon dyan. This project is also proof that when the government and the private sector work together, beautiful things can happen,” DOTr Secretary Art Tugade said.

DOTr said the CGT has a capacity of 115,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It is privately funded by the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

“Projections indicate that the terminal will result in approximately 140,000 fewer truck trips annually. It is also expected to reduce road traffic by almost two kilometers of trucks once fully operational,” DOTr said.