15 Jun, 2017 by Jill Viray
Royal Cargo officially forays into the shipping business with the arrival of its first-ever container vessel that berthed at Batangas Port on Tuesday morning, June 13. The vessel has the capacity to run at a max speed of 20 knots, with a deadweight tonnage of 13.751 and max container capacity of 1118 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). It also expects to invest in an additional vessel to further expand its coverage before year end.
Royal Cargo’s ship will be ready to engage in trade once Royal Cargo has Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) nod.
“We are banking on the combined support of government to meet the local market’s growing capacity demands,” said Michael Kurt Raeuber, CEO, Royal Cargo Group.
According to Philippines Ports Authority (PPA), cargo volumes rose by 11.6% from 223.67m tonnes in 2015 to 249.57m tonnes in 2016, largely driven by a 12.6% increase in foreign cargoes to 151.6m tonnes. Meanwhile, domestic cargo shipments escalated by 10% from 89.05m tonnes to 97.96m tonnes over the same period. Setting its sights on the Philippines’ potential to become a major logistics hub by 2020, “Royal Cargo Group is making strategic capital investments to answer demands and spur business and economic growth”, Raeuber added.
Aside from the vessel acquisition, Royal Cargo recently commenced the construction of its 6 hectare solar-powered Cargo City North Hub in Plaridel, Bulacan as part of its logistics capacity expansion in the Philippines.
“We are committed towards providing highly differentiated logistics solutions to address our local market’s staggering needs. Expanding our vessel capacity in handling shipping operations will definitely position us as a well-rounded and reliable logistics partner and help us penetrate the market better,” said Elmer Francisco U. Sarmiento, President, Royal Cargo.