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Johor Port to sell its 75pc stake in Bernas Logistics

MMC Corp Bhd’s subsidiary, Johor Port Bhd (2194) is selling its 75 per cent stake in Bernas Logistics Sdn Bhd to Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) for RM11.76 million.

Upon completion of the sale, Bernas Logistics will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bernas.

In a separate statement, Johor Port said it has also terminated its sub-lease agreement with Bernas, which both parties had entered into on October 6 2005.

The agreement saw Johor Port sub-leasing land measuring 24,510.60 sq m together with two warehouses, to Bernas, from October 6 2005 to December 31 2022 at a sub-lease rental amounting to RM26 million.
As such, RM20.7 million as at March 31 2009, representing the full and final settlement for the termination of the agreement will be refunded by Johor Port to Bernas and Bernas to surrender the two warehouses to Johor Port.

By: Btimes.com.my

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Port Klang initiatives to boost efficiency

It will institute measures to reinforce its authority as port regulator

PORT KLANG: Port Klang Authority (PKA) has come out with four proactive initiatives to further boost the efficiency and businesses at terminals and its supporting industry.

Its new general manager Kee Lian Yong said PKA would institute necessary measures to reinforce its authority as a port regulator and play a positive role in safeguarding the interest of all players in the industry. “First is the registration of all necessary logistics players in Port Klang to ensure efficiency and cooperation.

“We will also have to continue monitoring the performance of the ports closely to ensure compliance on the efficiency and performance at the ports are maintained and at par with international standards.

“Next, all direct port activities and ancillary services within the port limit should be licensed where PKA has taken steps to license and regulate private jetty operators.

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“So far, PKA has approved 20 private jetty operations based on the merit that they will contribute and complement trade growth here.

“Finally, PKA is enforcing enhanced security and safety within the port limit and pilotage district where it has ugraded the Vessel Traffic Management System which now includes the Automatic Identification System in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s safety of life at sea convention,” he told reporters at a briefing on PKA’s strategies for growth and improved services yesterday.

Kee added that Port Klang was also equipped with scanners at both Northport and Westports together with megaport initiatives with the US Customs.

Kee said PKA would also set out a strategic port master plan which would map out the direction of Port Klang for short- and long-term planning for the next 10 to 20 years.

The current port master plan expires next year.

He said the prospect of strengthening Port Klang’s competitiveness could be via better cooperation between the two terminals.

“Whilst healthy competition is encouraged, I believe there’s room for enhanced cooperation between the two that will lead to better services for port users, optimisation of port capacity and mutual long-term benefit for the industry as well as the nation,” he said.

PKA is the trade facilitator, regulator and landlord of the terminals in Port Klang.

To further enhance the port’s efficiency, Kee said PKA’s effort to deepen and widen the south entrance to Port Klang was 60% to 70% completed.

The dredging project will see a deeper south entrance of 16.5m from 15.5m previously, and width of 500m from 365m previously.

“The RM100mil project is set to be completed by December,” he said.

In terms of container volume, Kee said the volume in the second quarter of this year showed significant improvement of 7.8% quarter-on-quarter, reflecting signs of recovery going foward.

“But, the container throughput declined by 15.4% in the first six months this year against the same period last year.

“Hence, Port Klang’s full year volume is expected to contract by 10% this year against 7.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2008.

“From the positive indications, we hope to fare better next year,” he said.

Additional initiatives according to Kee would include gearing the industry for the implementation of reduction of free storage period for import and export containers at the terminals to three days effective Jan 1. The free storage time at present is five days.

Kee said PKA would also step in to resolve issues in the industry such as depot gate charges and feeder incentive scheme.

On Port Klang Free Zone, Kee said PKA would announce its business turnaround plan in two months after securing approval from relevant stakeholders.

Kee, who is an accountant by profession with about 25 years of experience in the corporate world, took the helm of PKA two months ago replacing former general manager Lim Thean Shiang.

By SHARIDAN M. ALI

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Westports, chairman walk away with Brand Laureate Awards

pix_toprightPORT operator Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam each walked away with an award this year at the Brand Laureate Awards held in Kuala Lumpur on March 31.

Westports won the award for the Best Brand in Logistics – Ports while Gnanalingam won the award for Brand Personality.

Presented by the Asia-Pacific Brands Foundation, the Brand Personality is equivalent to the Grammy Award for Branding.

The award was presented by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In a statement issued last week, Gnanalingam attributed the two awards to his staff who “have continued to innovate and provided the best services to our customers”.

He said winning the awards was further proof of the port’s capabilities and a testament to its quality of work.

“Westports was founded around innovation and the pursuit of excellence, and those core values have continued to be at the heart of everything we do,” he added.

By: btimes.com.my

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Lim has big plans for Port Klang

In June this year, the port community in Port Klang was surprised by the entry of little known Lim Thean Shiang as Port Klang Authority’s general manager.

Coming to a post that has traditionally been reserved for long-serving government employees, Lim was worried of only two things – the acceptance of PKA employees and the port community.

“They (PKA staff) were sceptical of me, because I was from the private sector and therefore had doubtful management skills,” Lim quipped.

He said direct and indirect feedback gathered has been very encouraging.

“I feel that they have taken to my management style. I believe in empowering the staff, have them chair meetings, make decisions… it’s a new culture for them.”

pix_middleLim was handpicked by Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat to head Port Klang Authority after the March general elections. The official appointment, how-ever, came two months later on June 6.

He put the two months to good use by visiting both Northport (M) Bhd and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, as well as meet up with logistics players to get a better understanding of the industry.

The 37-year-old lawyer by training is not daunted by the mammoth task ahead of him though, as he points out that his task is to make sure that plans for Port Klang are on track.

“The plans for Port Klang still remain the same. The way I look at it… what is important is to put Port Klang back on the world map, to promote Port Klang and not the port operators.

“Both port operators must assist Port Klang in promoting us as Port Klang not as Northport or Westports,” Lim said

Besides continuing with the goal of making Port Klang the transshipment hub of the region, Lim plans to set out a 15-year strategic port development plan, which will map out the direction of both port operators in Port Klang and the kind of facilities and technology needed to develop both ports.

“I realise the efficiency of both ports are mainly reliant on the transportation infrastructure, especially the road infrastructure. So, we will put up the proposal to the Ministry of Transport, which will be most likely tabled in the 10th Malaysia Plan, to see how we can link up both ports,” Lim said.

He said the linkage would reduce internal transfer time as well as divert the movement of cargo trucks away from the public road system.

By : Presenna Nambiar

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