Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container facility in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, recently welcomed the return of Wan Hai Lines’ Mindanao – Hong Kong – Taiwan (MHT) service.
The MHT service resumed calls to MCT on 3 August, marked by the arrival of the 2000-built, 1,660 TEU Wan Hai 231. The weekly service of the Taiwanese ocean carrier will call MCT every Saturday, connecting Subic, Cebu and Mindanao to the trade hubs of Hong Kong and Taiwan.
“The return of the MHT service is a significant development in our efforts to strengthen regional trade connectivity and support the growing Mindanao economy. We are thrilled to re-establish this crucial link that makes international trade more efficient and accessible to businesses in Mindanao,” said Aurelio Garcia, MCT CEO.
The re-inclusion of MCT to the service rotation was driven by increasing market demand and economic activity in Mindanao, which has seen an 18% increase in export volume, according to the ICTSI statement.
A total of 237 containers were handled during the call and the majority of the commodities transported included coconut byproducts, falcata lumber and wastepaper.