Unithai Container Terminal boosts total volume of container throughput
Unithai Container Terminal (UTCT) has broken its previous record by achieving a total container throughput of 132,204 TEUs. This is the terminal’s greatest volume since operations commenced in March 1997. The remarkable milestone adds much to the excellent profile that UTCT has built up in its 14 years of operation.
The growth of major trade among Thailand and other ASEAN countries has resulted in greater demand from shipping lines to find berths at the main port in Bangkok and at Unithai Container Terminal, a private facility nearer the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. UTCT’s ideal location makes it easy to access and thus reduces the time and costs required to reach Bangkok’s main port.
The increase in ships berthing at Unithai Container Terminal boosted total volume of container throughput by 19.78% over 2009. No other port in Thailand matched that growth rate and it has made UTCT the country’s third-ranking port in terms of market share.
UTCT’s annual capacity is 150,000 TEUs and in 2010 the terminal was used more than ever before – at 88% of its full capacity. The previous record dates back to 2008, when the volume topped off at 84% of capacity.
Looking forward, UTCT will this year develop more major handling equipment, upgrading its cranes to improve capacity and ensure the best-quality service in accordance with the highest international standards. These improvements are scheduled for completion in October, ready to serve even more shipping lines in 2012.