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PKA awaiting cabinet nod for third port

KLANG: The proposed third port, to complement the existing Northport and Westports, is currently awaiting cabinet approval, Port Klang Authority chairman Datuk Dr Teh Kim Poo said.

Teh said the facility will help accommodate the growing demand.

“The existing North and West ports are capable of catering to port users until 2016. The establishment of a third port will greatly help these two,” he told reporters at the closing ceremony of Port Klang’s golden jubilee celebrations here, on Friday.

Teh said the third port is expected to be built on a private land, unlike its two predecessors, which are located in the land owned by the Port Klang Authority

The Port Klang Development Master Plan, completed in April this year, outlines a new site for port expansion as well as proposals on the redevelopment of its third port, Southpoint.

Northport and Westports are currently the two main ports in Port Klang, ranked among the world’s top 20 ports in the world.

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Tanjung Manis Port To Become Sarawak Central Region Gateway

KUCHING, Jan 11 (Bernama) — The Tanjung Manis Integrated Port is to become the primary import and export gateway for Sarawak central region when it begins full operations by next year.

The port, a subsidiary of Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and appointed by Rajang Port Authority as its port operator in Tanjung Manis new township, had shown encouraging performance since commencing operations in July last year.

As at October 2009, it had received 11 vessels and handled 2,383 TEUs (twenty equivalent units) containers, said STIDC general manager and Tanjung Manis Integrated Port chairman Datuk Len Talif Salleh in the latest issue of Perkasa, the bi-monthly newsletter published by the corporation.

Currently, the port accesssible to 20,000 GRT (gross register tonnage) vessels, has the capacity to handle up to 200,000 tonnes of general cargo and 25,000 TEUs containers a year.

He said the existing 203-metre wharf would be extended by 200 metres to enable the port to handle an anual capacity of 200,000 TEUs of containers and six million tonnes of general cargo by next year.

When fully operational, the port is expected to be equipped with state-of-the-art cargo-handling facilities such as quay cranes, mobile harbour cranes, rubber-type gantry cranes and reach stackers, said Len.

He said the port was envisaged to play a pivotal role in the shipping industry with the completion of the Sibu-Tanjung Manis road by this year and support the various industries in the hinterland, particularly the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub and other projects planned under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

“With better facilities and a team of dedicated and experienced workforce, Tanjung Manis port promises efficient services apart from reducing vessel turnaround time due to its closeness to the sea,” he said.

Len said the port’s strategic location and natural deep water complemented its role as the central region’s transshipment hub.

Meanwhile, the 77,000-hectare Tanjung Manis Halal Hub is expected to attract at least RM9 billion worth of investments for upstream and downstream halal food processing activities, which will create about 10,000 jobs, besides other economic spin-offs.

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Govt urged to ‘fast track’ national port authority

THE Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) yesterday called on the government to expedite the setting up of the National Port Authority (NPA).

The purpose of the NPA would be to oversee and streamline the operations of all ports in the country.

The NPA could, among other things, help cut out unhealthy competition among ports by avoiding a duplication of services and facilities, said MTUC vice-president A. Balasubramaniam, who is also the secretary of the Union of Employees of Port Ancillary Services Suppliers.

He said the NPA could also assist in creating uniformity in the wages and terms and conditions of work for the 30,000 workers at the various ports. – Bernama

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Port Klang Authority working to diversify income stream

PORT Klang Authority (PKA) is working towards diversifying its income stream in an effort to bear the costs of running both Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) and its own operations.

pix_topright“Of course, now we are currently self-sufficient, but with the PKFZ loan to the service, we will have to come up with more revenue streams to generate income,” PKA general manager Kee Lian Yong told Business Times recently.

He was appointed in June to replace Lim Thean Shiang, who resigned earlier amid reports of a fallout with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat over the handling of the PKFZ controversy.

Lim was handpicked to take over the running of the port by the Transport Minister.

Kee, like Lim, was a member of the corporate sector, having headed listed companies such as Metroplex and Anglo-Eastern Plantations Plc.

He said the port authority is studying all options, but is mindful of its main role as trade facilitator.

“We believe there are a lot of opportunities. I would like to do more. As a man from the property sector, I can see that we have a lot of land here, and we have to look at how we can maximise the returns on that land,” Lee said.

He said rather than just concentrating on growing its bottomline, the port authority has to also consider initiatives that will enable the industry to grow.

Kee declined to reveal the amount of cash that PKA has in its coffers, claiming that its cash reserves did not correctly reflect the financial health of the regulator, considering its huge debts, because of PKFZ.

In 2008, it was reported that PKA’s main income comes from leasing of land under the port authority. The then general manager Datin O C Phang, had said that it made RM100 million per year.

Expenses on maintaining the port area, however, were said to come up to about RM80 million per year.

On his ambition for the port, Kee said he wants to create an equitable playing field for all players in the port industry.

“I don’t want to sideline any party. In fact I hope that we can build a supply chain that benefits everybody, and also promote the growth of the port industry,” Kee said.

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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.

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‘Time to review tariffs at Port Klang terminals’

THE Port Klang Authority (PKA), the regulator of Northport and Westports, plans to review the tariff structure at both terminals to bring their rates on a par with their neighbours’.

“People perceive that cheap tariff is the main reason why a shipping line calls at a port. I think that is the least of the reasons, but rather it’s about the efficiency and cost-effectiveness,” PKA general manager Lim Thean Shiang told Business Times in an interview.

He said Port Klang’s tariffs on most of the services it provides have remained unchanged since 1965.

It was reported that current handling charges for a 20-foot and a 40-foot container are RM230 and RM345 respectively. For transhipment, it costs RM140 for a 20-foot box and RM210 for a 40-footer.

“It is not about making more profit, but about helping port operators improve their infrastructure and facilities.

pix_middle“If they don’t get higher tariffs, it is difficult for them to reinvest (in new equipment and facilities); and, if they don’t reinvest, we will never catch up with other (international) ports,” Lim said.

Citing Hamburg as an example, he said that 70 per cent of its operations is automated. Its port charges are about five to six times higher than those at Port Klang.

He has asked that the PKA’s research and development team collect tariff rates of ports in the region, which has several world-class ports, as a benchmark.

Once a review is done, a proposal will be sent to the Minister of Transport for approval.

On another matter, Lim said the port authority had put the dredging of the north channel on hold. It will study the viability of expanding the south channel instead.

The initial plan was to dredge the north channel in two stages to a depth of 15 metres, from 11.3m.

Work to deepen the channel to 13.3m has been completed, but further dredging to 15 metres is pending approval.

Expansion of the south channel waterway from 365m to 500m will allow for two-way traffic.

Lim said the final decision on which project to proceed with will consider the economic and safety benefits to be derived.

While both projects will need about the same amount of capital outlay, further dredging of the north channel would be more costly owing to the maintenance dredging needed to upkeep the depth at 15m.

“I am from the private sector, and it’s all about dollars and cents. All decisions should be based on commercial gain,” Lim said.

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JOHOR PORT AUTHORITY – 30 Years of Spearheading Maritime Industry and Trade Growth

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This 30 years ago, when Johor Port Authority was established, many were skeptical about its ability to manage and operate a port in Johor, the southern most state in Malaysia. Far less was expected of its abilities to develop the port industry in Johor to the magnitude it is now. Astoundingly, within a short period of time Johor Port Authority baffled all skeptics when it successfully launched Johor Port into the international maritime trading scene. The ships many though would never come began to queue up, sometimes for days.

Beginning modestly, JPA embarked courageously into the port industry on 1 January 1976 when it was established. The odds then, were against JPA’s success. On one hand there was a realization that a port in Johor was needed to service the local industries and to create better terms of trades for local traders who were suffering from the tariffs and costs of exporting via Singapore. However, despite this recognition there was great skepticism in Johor Port’s ability to return enough revenue to justify its establishment. The biggest worry at the time stemmed from the fact that Johor Port was barely an hour’s steaming time from Singapore, at the time, the region’s biggest and most efficient port. However, JPA illustrated its mark of distinction when it boldly decided to let commercial forces shape the future of Johor Port. As a forward looking organization, JPA embarked on an effort to promote industrial development within the Pasir Gudang area where Johor Port was located. This move proved to be rewarding when it created ready revenue for the port when trade was executed thru Johor Port.

JPA also began an aggressive international marketing campaign which was handsomely rewarded. When in 1979 it launched itself into the container business, again, many were surprised and skeptical. Comments ranged from the fact that Johor Port was only a small party to the fact that container industry was still new to the region and the country did not require Johor to service container lines. All was proved wrong when international liners like Titan and Evergreen began landing in Johor.

It was not merely campaigning and marketing that was required to launch Johor Port Into the international maritime scene, in 1984, JPA succeeded in gazetting  Johor Port as a free trade zone hence becoming the first and only port in Malaysia situated within a free trade zone. All these efforts and commitment to top-class service soon led to Johor Port being the biggest fertilizer handling point in Southeast Asia and the largest in the world in handling palm oil exports in the 80s.

Despite the success it displayed within a short period of time, the tremendous challenges faced by JPA never dissipated.

In 1993 and 1995 respectively, the Government had decided to corporatise and subsequently privatize port services operation in Johor Port. This period marked a turning point for JPA’s role. JPA was restructured in accordance with its main functions as a regulatory body while maintaining watch over all port operations and port development ensuring the smooth running of port operations.

Now, JPA’s wings not only spread over Johor Port, situated at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. Since 1999 it also overseas port operations at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, in the western part of Johor’ and since 1993, it has been responsible for the Tanjong Belungkor and Changi Ferry Terminals. These changes note a considerable increase in responsibility compared to when JPA was solely responsible for the development in Johor Port.

JPA’s responsibility over the Port of Tanjung Pelepas essentially means it is now responsible for regulating port operations located at the confluence of the region’s busiest shipping routes/ The Port of Tanjung Pelepas is expected to be the region’s main container ports in the region and is expected by many to be the ASEAN’s main trading hub. With the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal JPA has already prepared an extensive strategic plan to further enhance Tanjung Belungkor’s role as the third southern international gateway to the country.

JPA’s commitment and level of quality was given due recognition when it was accredited ISO 9002:1994 by the Llyods Register Quality Assurance on Provision of supervision of handling of dangerous goods/hot work, pilot certification, port security, licensing of support services contractors and licensing of private jetties. The accreditation was successfully upgraded to ISO 9001:2000 in 2003.

On it’s 30th Anniversary, JPA has established its indispensable role to ensure the development of maritime trade and port industry in the country and the region. It now plays an important role in the establishment of Johor as Malaysia’s Southern Gateway and in the establishment as Johor as the main logistics and trading hub for the last 30 years, Johor Port Authority will continue to forge a remarkable and distinctive history!

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MIRI PORT AUTHORITY – NEVER ENDING QUEST FOR QUALITY

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Miri Port Authority (MPA) has continuously implemented quality improvement programs to enhance and improve its services delivery system.

Recently MPA has achieved another milestone in its pursuit towards quality management it won the Chief Secretary Ministry of Finance Quality Award (AKKSUKK) 2005. The Award is given yearly to government agencies which have demonstrated excellence in their financial management based on the six – set criteria.

The objectives of the AKKSUKK comprised the following:-

a)      To instill and further enhance accountability on financial management in public sector;

b)      To give formal recognition to government agencies who have shown excellence in financial management; and

c)      To provide publicity relating to successful management strategies and encourage healthy competition among government agencies towards the improvement of financial management and practices.

Since 2004, MPA had participated in this quality award (AKKSUKK) and for both years it had been short listed as one of the five finalists.

miri-1This year’s award presentation ceremony was held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on 2nd December 2005. MPA emerged winner of the AKKSUKK 2005. The General Manager of MPA, Shebli bin Hairani received the award from Dato’ Sri Izzudin Dali, Secretary General of Treasury. MPA received cash prize of RM9,000.00, a trophy and certificate.

MPA was among the five finalists which had fulfilled all the requirements for the Award. The overall assessment was judged by AKKSUKK’s panel on 26th – 27th September 2005. The six criteria set for the evaluation are as follows:-

1)      Achievement of Financial Management Performance;

2)      Management of Revenue and Expenditure;

3)      Management of Assets and Inventory;

4)      Reporting and Monitoring System;

5)      Efforts and initiatives towards the improvement of the quality on financial management; and

6)      Management of Budget.

MPA is the first government agency in Sarawak to have won this prestigious award.

Beside the AKKSUKK 2005 award, MPA had also received the Sarawak’s State Secretary Quality Award in 1998. In addition, MPA was the first state agency and government port operators in Malaysia to have been certified with MS 9001:1994 standards in 1997, and had successfully converted the quality system standards to MS ISO 9001:2000 version in 2003.

In early 2005, MPA had launched the Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) which enables business transaction to be done electronically.

In early 2005, MPA has created another milestone for having successfully achieved the OHSAS 18001:1999 Safety Management System Certification by SIRIM International Sdn Bhd. With the Certification of its Safety Management System, MPA had achieved its prime objective of making the port operations to be system-driven.

Such initiatives augurs well with the need to provide excellent service with high safety standards demanded in maritime and oil & gas related industries. These industrial sectors are critical to MPA operations as these industrial sectors are critical to MPA operations as these sectors are major contributors to MPA’s revenue income.

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Kuching Port Celebrated 44th Anniversary

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On 4 April 2005, Kuching Port Authority celebrated its 44th anniversary. KPA’s Chairman, YB Awang Bemee Bin Haji Pengiran Ali Basah, accompanied by General Manager, Madam Liu Moi Fong and Assistant General Manager, Mr. Rosli Saup attended for the function. Others present included KPA’s Deputy Chairman, Mr. Kong Ping Kung, Board Members and senior staff of Kuching Port Authority. To commemorate the auspicious event, a total of 27 staff received certificates of excellence for the exemplary work in year 2002. To all the members of Kuching Port Authority, the 44th anniversary celebration is indeed a very meaningful. It took hard work and effort to achieve what we see today. Since its operation which first started in 1961, for over forty years now KPA never stops to develop. From a single wharf at Tanah Puteh with an annual capacity of 350,000 tonnes to Pending with an annual capacity of 2.9 million tonnes and now to Senari with an annual capacity of 7.0 million tonnes, KPA aims to doing better and giving better services to cutomers.

kpa1kpa2Historically, Kuching started the import and export activities at Ban Hock Wharf as early as 1948. In order to have port facilities for trading and economic advancement of the state, Kuching Port Authority (KPA) as set up at Tanah Puteh. It became the first organized port in Sarawak, serving the state and the people, and had grown tremendously over the past four decades. Officially establised on 4 April 1961, KPA began operation on 5 June 1961 at Tanah Puteh with a single wharf of 800 feet in length and storage space of 60,000 square feet. Towards the end of 1972, KPA assumed full control and operation of the Biawak Oil Jetty, which was mainly used by tug boats to carry petroleum products to the nearby Shell and Esso installations.

By 1975, with the completion of main facilities under the Port Expansion Project Pahse 1, it was declared open and commenced operation on 16 March 1975, named Datuk Sim Kheng Hong Wharf. Twelve years later, port expansion Project Phase II was completed. Thus, the Pending Terminal was declared open on 8 September 1988. In 1989, KPA launched its first computer system and became the first Malaysian Port Authority to have its container Tracking Systems accorded the MS ISO 9002 certification on 12 August 1998. On 24 November 1999, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, tun Datuk Patinggi Dr. Mahathir Mohamed declared open the Senari Terminal. The migration of container operation from the Pending Terminal to Senari Terminal was completed in June 2001.

On 27 April 2004, KPA e-Port Community system was launched, where KPA is extending its services electronically through the web. This service aimed to facilitate paperless documentation, thus improving the efficiency of the overall logistic supply chain; at the same time reducing operating cost. it plays a major role in improving efficiency, speed, productivity and effectiveness of the port business. On the other hand, the Marine Department of Malaysia had also certified KPA to be compliant with the International Ship & Port Seciruty (ISPS) Code with effect from 1 July 2004. This placed KPA on an international footing for all foreign vessels to have confidence in KPA’s security measures. It is also a testimony if KPA’s commitment to provide a secure and safe environment for all port users and creates a more comprehensive of threats.

Kuching Port Authority recorded tonnage of 7.1 million tonnes of cargo handled in year 2004 and the number is expected to escalate in 2005.

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