New service at MCT links Southern Philippines to Asia, Middle East
The service is operated by two vessels and covers the Singapore – Cebu – Cagayan – Singapore route.
Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) welcomes the new year strong with the launch of Regional Container Line’s (RCL) South Philippines 6 (RSP6) service that connects the Philippines’ Visayas and Mindanao regions to Asia and the Middle East via Singapore.
Launched in the Philippines through RCL’s Southern Philippine agent Eagle Express Lines, the fixed-day weekly service made its first port call to MCT on December 19 with the 628-TEU MV Pira Bhum.
The service is operated by two vessels and covers the Singapore – Cebu – Cagayan – Singapore route. The vessels turn in Singapore, which serves as a transhipment hub and provides competitive connections from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga to other Southeast Asian markets, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, while additionally serving the markets further north such as China and South Korea.
Roberto Locsin, MCT general manager, says the regular service calls can be considered as a product superhighway that will aid farmers, manufacturers, and other producers in the Philippines. They enable producers to deliver time-sensitive commodities fast and in-bulk without the huge cost:
“Now more than ever, local businesses need help to bounce back, and the new service line will undoubtedly give them the boost they need.”
Jose Gabriel la Viña, PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate Administrator and CEO, is optimistic about the growth potential of the new carrier service:
“For the City of Cagayan de Oro and the rest of Misamis Oriental, the new service strengthens our position as a major agro-industrial exporter. The availability of a regular and predictable service to a major international hub also presents opportunities for entrepreneurs and industries to move up the value chain. This could only mean higher incomes, more jobs, and a more comfortable life for our people.”
Angelito Colona, Eagle Express Group chairman and chief executive officer, sees the new RCL service as a bright opportunity for the country, while Eagle Express Lines general manager Marlon Isah de Guzman described it as “a game-changer” that will set the benchmark for the industry.