Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental— After issuing a marching order to streamline the operations of PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority, Administrator and CEO Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña cited the initial gains of the Mindanao Container Terminal following the resumption of the port of call of a foreign shipping line.
M/V Teera Bhum, a foreign cargo vessel operated by Regional Container Lines (RCL) is back and will be calling at the port of MCT tentatively on December 7, 2020.
RCL had been paying port calls at the MCT since 2008 but it ceased operations in 2014 due to intense competition with other international shipping lines.
“This new development in transshipment of goods and services translate to an increase in port traffic, improve business activity and create more job opportunities in the locality placing MCT in a strategic position as a major port of call in the country,” La Viña said.
Per record, MCT and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SMBA) are two of the country’s investment hubs to breeze through the economic meltdown amid this COVID-19 pandemic.
In the notice served by PHIVIDEC-IA Manager for Port Management Efledo Resma and Port Development Manager Elvira Garcia to La Viña dated November 24, RCL Feeders Phils through agent Eagle Express Lines officially launched the new international shipping service in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The MCT progress report reflects the proactive direction of this administration in propelling the mandate of PHIVIDEC -IA as development catalyst of Mindanao, La Viña added.
The return of RCL was made possible through the efforts of both MCT, the port management and development department of PHIVIDEC-IA after a series of negotiations with RCL’s agent EELI.
According to EELI, a two-vessel rotation on weekly calls connect Cebu, Cagayan de Oro via MCT and Zamboanga to areas in China, Korea and other ports of call in Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East.