A new gateway to Asia
With a GDP growth of 7% per year, the Philippines is among the most rapidly expanding economies in Southeast Asia. The Philippine government’s vision is clear: In the coming decades the Philippines should become an economic epicentre of Southeast Asia.
Yet much of the Philippines’ economic and social potential remains untapped, and the country could play a much stronger role in the global village. Experts and politicians agree that a clogged infrastructure is at the heart of the problem.
A multidisciplinary team of experts from Ramboll’s Aviation team, the Global Port Sector and the Transportation Planning and Urban Development Department has already conducted the feasibility studies for the combined Sangley Airport and Seaport Project in Manila.
Securing a sustainable port development
The All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation (ARRC) in the Philippines – the private developer on the project – commissioned a study that includes a new international airport and seaport with supporting traffic infrastructure comprising roads, bridges, an immersed tunnel and a light rail connection.
The new international airport will be state-of-the-art, with an ultimate capacity of 90 million passengers per year. The new seaport will be configured as a modern terminal with the latest logistics and equipment technology, initially handling two million containers (TEU) annually, but with the capacity to expand to as many as ten million containers (TEU) in stages.
Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal, Project Director, Ports, explains:
- The expansion element ensures that the seaport can respond to changing needs, potential downsizing or even the relocation of the existing terminals in the city centre, thus securing the sustainable development of the port in future.
Establishing the new airport and seaport on reclaimed land in the outskirts of Metro Manila offers some unique possibilities and advantages. The seaport will be located close to important existing and planned special economic industrial zones in the vicinity. Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal explains:
- Reducing the overall transport of containers on the Manila road network and enabling short-distance container transport between the seaport and the industrial zones will relieve some of the serious congestion problems in Metro Manila.
Positive interaction with stakeholders
A large number of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Transport, airport and port authorities, urban development authorities, economic zone authorities and the national development board have all been consulted in the process.
This extremely positive interaction has shown how dialogue can turn a set of common goals into results, in this case a multidisciplinary gateway project that will help unlock Manila’s and the Philippines’ strong economic potential while also contributing to new, sustainable developments in the city centre.
Port projects are generally becoming increasingly complex and challenging. They tend to be high profile and often entail integrated transport systems involving rail, road, seaports and airports.
- They’re projects we want to work on, says Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal, Project Director, Ports.