CEBU, Philippines - The Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation launched yesterday their multi-million brand new equipment that will make cargo-handling at the Cebu International Port more efficient and at par with the best in the industry. OPASCOR general manager and president Tomas Riveral, in a press conference, yesterday said that better and efficient services can be expected with the acquisition of these brand new equipment. â€œIt is an assurance, with the new cranes, that we are ready to serve better among our clients,â€ Riveral said.
OPASCORâ€™s brand new gantry quay crane and two rubber tyred gantry cranes arrived in Cebu from China and became operational last January 11, 2013. With this acquisition, OPASCOR can now serve two container vessels at any given time with two quay cranes assigned per vessel, thus further stabilizing OPASCORâ€™s productivity to the benefit of the stakeholders of the port. Aside from this, OPASCOR can now handle overweight containerized cargoes above 31 tons.
OPASCOR, established in 1990, is the exclusive cargo handling service provider of Cebu International Port which prides itself as the first cargo handling company to be fully-owned and operated by its workers. OPASCOR is a workers enterprise run by professionals as envisioned by its founder, Democrito Mendoza. The said state-of-the-art customized cranes, the 41 tons Quey crane, is for loading and unloading of containerized cargoes from the ship to shore and vice versa. While the RTG cranes are for the receiving of containerized cargoes from the yard to the trucks and vice versa. With this crane, stock piling would be as high as six container vans, unlike the existing one which can pile only up to four container vans. The RTG cranes are self-diagnostic and can detect any defect of the equipment through a computer.
OPASCOR, the only successful workersâ€™s enterprise in the country, is also engaged not just cargo handling but also arrastre and stevedoring, container yard operation, truck weighing , container fumigation, bulk handling, stripping and stuffing, hustling, real estate leasing, lift-on and lift- off and other related cargo handling activities.
OPASCOR aims to invest in the operation of a container yard in order to supplementâ€™s CIPâ€™s yard area. According to OPASCOR, in a separate statement, this initiative is envisioned to free CIP from the congestion that it is now slowly experiencing. OPASCOR will also upgrade its rubber tired gantry cranes to avoid equipment breakdown and increase its efficiency. It also plans to acquire additional units of prime movers to support its vessel and container yard operations.â€” /MIT (FREEMAN)