October 7, 2014
By Patrick Ho, CargoSmart Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center
February, the Philippines implemented a truck ban that limited the hours during
the day when trucks could deliver and pick up cargo at the Port of Manila. As a
result, the port experienced port congestion.
October 1, the Cabinet Cluster on Port Congestion (CCPC) in Manila announced that
port efficiency and productivity at the Port of Manila had significantly increased
after lifting the controversial truck ban.
It also stated a 25-30 percent increase in the movement of cargoes to
and from the port since the truck ban was lifted on September 13. The GVVMC
investigated the efficiency to see whether average berth times have improved. The
number of vessel arrivals from September 13 to October 1 and the average berth
times at the terminals of the North and South Manila ports are shown below:
Date Range: September 13 - October 1 Vessel Arrivals: 77 Longest Berth Time: 148.48 Hours Average Berth Time: 59.31 Hours
As shown in the chart above, the average
berth times from September 22 to
October 1 are lower than the average berth times from September 13 to September
21. The lowest average berth time of 36 hours occurred on September 23 during
the period. After September 22, the average berth times were less than 70 hours,
so we do see an improvement when comparing the performance to the previous week.
reviewed the vessel arrival delays from July through September to determine the
impact of the port congestion in Manila. We found that from July 15 through
September 15, 82.6% of the vessel arrivals were a day or more late. To read
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