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Port Klang Has Capacity To Handle Almost 20 Million TEUs By 2016

Port Klang will have the capacity to handle almost 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers by 2016 as both Northport Malaysia Bhd and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd are undergoing expansion plans.

Port Klang Authority Chairman Datuk Dr Teh Kim Poo said the authority was also in the midst of obtaining relevant approval to deepen the existing channels to 18 meters.

“This will make Port Klang competitive and a preferred choice to our customers,” he said at a logistics forum and exhibition here Monday.

Earlier, he said Northport would be able to handle 5.6 million TEUs this year after the conversion of Wharf 8A.

Northport was also in the process of expanding its break bulk and dry bulk handling facilities towards the North of Wharf 25.

Meanwhile, Wesport can handle 14 million TEUs after container terminal (CT) six is completed this year.

“Today, Port Klang handles almost 50 per cent of Malaysia’s sea-borne container trade,” Teh said, adding that, ports in the country handled about 20 million TEUs last year.

Port Klang has trade connections with over 120 countries worldwide and dealings with more than 500 ports throughout the globe, Teh added. BERNAMA

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Ruben Emir Gnanalingam

Westports looks beyond Malaysian waters

PORT KLANG: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Westports), operator of the country’s busiest port, is looking at the overseas market to expand its business beyond Malaysia via partnerships.

pix_toprightIts chief executive officer, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, said Westports was looking at a few potential markets particularly South East Asian countries and India to expand its container business.

He said despite the slowing down of demand in Europe, US and China, the fast emerging markets such as India, Africa and Middle East countries were continuing their growth.

“We are always looking for opportunities beyond Malaysia and are often in talks with various parties but todate we do not have any concrete development on that yet,” he said.

He said talks were still at the early stages and the group was now getting to know its potential partners.

Westports’ core business is container operations and its major clients include the CMA CGM group, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Corp.

Ruben Emir said Westports will spend about RM500 million in 2013 to improve its current facility and provide better services to its clients.

“We are currently constructing the 300-metre and 600-metre wharfs which are to be ready by January 2013 and early 2014 respectively.”

He added that the port hoped to see positive improvements in both performance and productivity, especially in container operations, once the wharfs are completed.

“Our current capacity is 8.5 million TEUs and we will be able to reach 10 million TEUs capacity with the completion of the two wharfs in 2014.”

The wharfs will come along with crane and corresponding yacht equipment.

“The improvement for the yacht equipment is that we are moving towards electric based equipment from fuel based equipment,” he added. Bernama

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Westports sees boom in 2013

WESTPORTS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, operator of the country’s busiest port, expects to see growth in its business for next year despite the gloomy global economy.

Its chief executive Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said despite the global economic crisis and news of the European economy in recession, consumption worldwide is increasing.

He said Westports’ cargo volume is growing due to rising demand in India and other African and West Asian countries.

“Although the economic outlook is not so good for most of the world, consumption is increasing and cargoes need to be moved from the countries manufacturing them to countries that consume them. So there is a lot of growth,” Ruben Emir said.

Westports’ core business is container operations and its major clients are CMA CGM group, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Corp.

He said Westports is confident of handling seven million TEUs of container cargo this year.

“I think we have hit six million TEUs and so, with one million TEUS more before year-end, I think we should be almost touching it,” Ruben Emir said.
Last year, Westports handled 6.4 million TEUs.

However, he said Westports hopes to achieve eight to 10 million TEUs once its additional 300m berths and 600m berths are completed by 2014. Bernama

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Westports container volume jumps

PORT KLANG: Container volume moving through Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd rose by 15 per cent or 6.4 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year, compared with 5.6 million TEUs in 2010.

In a statement, Westports said the better-than-expected container volume throughput comes from both transhipment and indigenous boxes, registering positive increases of 22 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

The robust performance in 2011 has made Westports one of the fastest growing ports in the world.

“The port has been well-known to the shipping industry as one of world’s best productivity terminal operator in container handling.

“Barring unforeseen circumstances, we expect to see a strong growth trend in volumes moving forward albeit uncertainty in eurozone, we have set a target of seven million TEUs in 2012,” Westports chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said.

Ruben said expansion plan to further improve the port’s capacity is underway with the current development of expanding the existing 3,700m container terminal to 4,600m, making Westports Malaysia a 10-million-TEU handling capacity port within the next two years.

The new terminal is designed to handle 18,000-TEU capacity vessel, which will be the largest container vessel in the world come 2013.

He said the company’s investment in expansion works is to accommodate the needs of its customers as well as meeting the increasing demands of domestic and international trade.

by: Business Times

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Johor Port, PTP can still achieve cost savings

The expected cost savings from the consolidation of Johor Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas’ (PTP) operations can still be achieved without changing their corporate structure, says Kenanga Investment Bank research head Yeonzon Yeow.

“The deferment of the rationalisation plan of the two ports will have minimal impact on their parent company, MMC Corp Bhd. Whether they consolidate or not, both ports are still within the group,” he told StarBiz yesterday. MMC owns 100% of Johor Port and 70% of PTP.

MMC proposed to streamline operations at the two ports to reduce cargo leakages to Singapore, which has been going on for many years due to better connectivity offered by Singapore ports.

The consolidation would also see Johor Port’s container operations in Pasir Gudang moved to PTP in Gelang Patah, turning the former into a non-containerised port.

But the Government shot down the idea last week due to the distance between the two ports, which is about 90km, as shippers and manufacturers operating in Pasir Gudang, Tampoi and Tebrau complained that they would incur higher transportation cost going to PTP.

OSK Research Sdn Bhd research head Chris Eng said with the deferment, the listing of MMC’s port units was unlikely to materialise soon.

“Nonetheless, we believe there is still the possibility of MMC list ing its other units, Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Malakoff Corp Bhd within the next two to three years,” he said in a recent note to clients.

Eng said the deferment of the consolidation exercise would also result in PTP’s excess capacity being underutilised for the time being.

He said the main reason for the rationalisation between the two biggest ports in Johor was because the container operations at Johor Port was congested with minimal room for further expansion.

“The consolidation would boost container volume at PTP, helping it reach the eight million twenty-foot equivalent units level, which would then help to attract new customers,” he said.


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Shell Secures 14-year Lease To LBT Terminal At Westports

Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd has signed a long-term sub-lease agreement Thursday with Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd at Port Klang for storing, supplying and distributing petroleum products.

The 14-year agreement enables Shell to operate and manage liquid bulk cargo at Westports Liquid Bulk Terminal (LBT).

Products to be stored initially are diesel and petrol.

“Westports is proud to have one of the largest companies in the world operating at the Westports LBT terminal,” said Westports’ Executive Director, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam in the statement released here, Friday.

He added that Shell, emerging as a conventional client, certainly speaks volume of Westports’ strength, especially its strategic location to attract leading industries to undertake commercial activities at the port.

The terminal spans 9.71 hectares and includes access to Westports’ jetty that is medium range/long range vessel capable, cargo lines, fuel and chemical tanks and gantry facilities.


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Westports posts healthy volume growth in Q1

Malaysia’s leading port, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, posted a healthy 27 per cent surge in its container volume for the first quarter of this year compared with the corresponding period of last year

Improvements were seen in both performance and productivity, especially in container operations, Westports said in a statement.

Westports container throughput was 1.244 million TEUs compared with 981,000 TEUs in the first quarter of 2009.

Local volume increased by 24 per cent while transshipment was up by 22 per cent.

“If we compare our first quarter figures with that of 2008, which had a stronger performance compared with the slower and weaker 2009, we have actually grown by 7 per cent and this puts us on a stronger platform to achieve 5.2 million TEUs for 2010,” said Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam in the statement.

Westports recorded a container volume of 1.166 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2008.

“Looking forward, the outlook for 2010 will be generally better than in 2009. There has been an uptrend in Westports’ throughput in past months and that could well be extended into the rest of the year,” Ruben said.

Most encouraging was the growth of local boxes, which saw Westports market share in Port Klang rising to 44 per cent while that for transshipment growth was retained at 71 per cent.

Overall, Westports commanded a market share of 61 per cent in Port Klang.

A significant development in Q1 was the new world benchmark for productivity recently.

“Westports’ operations team yet again showed its dexterity and skills in container handling when it managed to hit crane productivity of 734 moves in a single hour of operations with nine-crane deployment, erasing the earlier mark of 665 mph done on a CMA vessel in 2008,” the statement said.

This feat was performed on March 9 while working on CSCL Pusan, a 9,600-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel belonging to China Shipping.

A total of 5,244 moves were achieved on this vessel, which sails on the AEX 7 service (eastbound).

The productivity achieved over such a large volume of moves across the vessel continues to boost the port’s status as the World’s Best 5 for Productivity and a leading mega transshipment hub in the region.

On port expansion works, Ruben said: “We will build a new 300m wharf when we hit 450,000 TEUs consecutively for three months.

“This would be followed by the acquisition of additional equipment and manpower. Our current capacity is 7.2 million TEUs.” – Bernama

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Westports staff show their mettle as mega containership makes maiden call

One of the world’s largest containership, the 13,300-TEU CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, made its maiden call at Westports on November 22.

The vessel represents the biggest to arrive at Port Klang to date.

Although it was an ad hoc call, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd said its operations staff were fully prepared to meet the challenge, recording a gross crane productivity of 37 moves per hour.

“The arrival of Christophe Colomb proves the CMA CGM group’s confidence in the ability of Westports to handle mega-sized vessels. Our skillful workforce and state-of-the-art port facilities can handle the growing sizes of container vessels which are likely to make more calls at our port next year onwards,” Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said in a statement yesterday.

“Christophe Colomb also proves CMA CGM’s ability to move forward in the current economic context.

“This new giant is a strategic asset for the group (CMA CGM), while volume and freight rates on the Asia to Europe market are recovering. This modern vessel enables CMA CGM to meet its growing customer demand on this key market while ensuring economics of scale,” Ruben added.

The 365.5-metre long, 51.2-metre wide eco-friendly vessel is fully equipped with the latest technology, designed to optimise hydrodynamics and maximise propulsion. Use of an electronically controlled engine meanwhile helps reduce oil consumption by 25 per cent, resulting in a 2 to 4 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, Christophe Colomb is equipped with a fast oil recovery system, which enables bunkers to be rapidly recovered at any time, hence significantly limiting the environmental consequences should there be an incident at sea.

The Christophe Colomb is part of the FAL 7, a European service operated jointly by CMA CGM and Maersk.

By: btimes.com.my

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PKA plans new formula on feeder incentives

PORT Klang Authority (PKA) has decided to withdraw its scheme to provide incentives to feeder operators linking Port Klang to regional ports, with effect from this year. It will, however, still pay out the monetary incentives due to operators for the year 2007.

For the year 2008, though, feeder incentives will be based on a new formula for qualified operators. The new formula was not specified in the statement released to the press.

The feeder incentive scheme was developed and introduced by the PKA in 2000 as part of an overall strategy to further strengthen Port Klang as a national load centre and a regional hub port.

Selected local and regional feeder operators and landbridge operators enjoy a rebate of RM20 for a 20-ft container and RM35 for 40-ft container sent through Port Klang as well as a 10 per cent discount on marine charges such as pilotage and tug boat services by the respective terminals, Northport and Westports, under the old feeder incentive scheme.

While the idea had been mooted that the costs of incentivising feeder operators be transferred to terminal operators, Northport and Westports, a PKA official told Business Times, that feeder and terminal operators have instead, been left to negotiate their respective terms.

“It is not a matter of transferring the costs to the terminal operators, up to the two parties to come to an arrangement,” the official said.

In a statement released on September 17, PKA recommended that Northport (M) Bhd and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd play a more active role in encouraging feeder operations in Port Klang.

The feeder incentive scheme has been suspended since 2008.

By: btimes.com.my

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Westports awaits clearer signal

Port operator will expand terminal if global economy keeps improving

PETALING JAYA: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd will commence its RM600mil terminal expansion next year if the global economy keeps improving and starts contributing to the growth of its container volume.

Executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said the project to build container terminal six was to have started last year but was postponed as the port had not reached its internal trigger point that should prompt the expansion for extra capacity.

“Our capacity now is about seven million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and we expect to handle only 4.3 million to 4.4 million TEUs this year.

“All the tender specifications for the project are ready as they are quite similar to our previous terminal expansion projects,” he told StarBiz.

Ruben said Westports had recently revised upward its targeted volume for this year from four million TEUs due to the month-on-month steady growth from the first quarter.

“The earlier target for 2009 was lower due to the sharp slump trend started in the last quarter last year.

“But the trend has been improving in the second quarter with average monthly volume of 360,000 TEUs, and even better in the current quarter with 400,000 TEUs,” he said.

Year-on-year, he added, the current third quarter still fared behind as Westports did very well in its third quarter last year with a record-breaking 475,000 TEUs in August.

Westports handled about 4.97 million TEUs in 2008.

On the global economic crisis, Ruben said Westports managed to identify and practised sustainable cost-cutting measures during the not “too busy” period to be more resilient in the future.

“We have not been able to really study our cost-saving measures previously as we were too busy with the rapid growth. But now, once we have identified the areas where we can cut costs, we will sustain the practice.

“We also managed to focus on intensive staff training in the lull period as Westports did not retrench any workers although its volume was down earlier in the year,” he said, noting that the port employed about 3,250 workers.

He said the training and cost-cutting measures made the port even more prepared to seize opportunities when the economy picked up.

On its mission to make Port Klang a bigger hub in the region, Ruben said Westports, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, would continue to focus on enhancing its productivity and services.

“We will also be looking at improving bunkering and feedering activities at the port,” he said.

Feedering is a process where smaller ports feed containers to hub ports as the latter have higher connectivity due to more calls made by shipping lines, while bunkering is fuel supply services to vessels.

Westports’ feedering activities come from ports in South-East Asia and India.

He said it was important for Port Klang to strive to be a bigger hub as it would not only benefit the port but also local importers and exporters.

“There is a huge difference between the freight rates of a non-hub port and a hub port. The freight rates at the hub port is cheaper due to the competitiveness of the many shipping lines, volume and the availability of empty containers,” he said.

Ruben said Westports had come a long way from its inception in 1994 and would continue focusing on sustainable development that included the Pulau Indah community and the environment.

“Apart from making the island more industrious with job opportunities and supporting services to the port, we now want to make it more friendly with communal facilities.

“For the environment, Westports – which is already known for its ‘garden port’ concept – will try to plant more trees,” he said.

By : Sharidan M. Ali

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