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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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Penang Port invests RM1.1bil to upgrade facilities

PENANG: Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB), the port operator, has invested RM1.1 billion over the last five years to upgrade infrastructures at the port and Container Terminal as part of initiatives to pump-prime the state economy, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Wednesday.

He said the huge investment had indirectly bolstered operations of the port and the terminal, key revenue contributors to the state economy.

Continuous upgrading of infrastructures at the Penang Port and Container Terminal is to provide shipping companies and other port users user-friendly facilities, a crucial element to woo more shipping lines and container vessels to the port and the terminal, he told reporters after a briefing by the port management on Wednesday.

To realise Penang Port’s mission to provide world-class shipping services, Guan Eng said the port’s latest and efficient logistics would be the yardstick to increase the number of merchant ships and containers anchoring at the port.

The Chief Minister also called on the Federal Government to re-start the RM353 million project to deepen the North Channel at Penang Port to facilitate smooth sailing-in of container vessels.

“If the deepening work is not done in compliance with environmental requirements, it will harm plans to turn Penang into a green state,” he said.

He also hoped projects promised for Penang under the current Ninth Malaysia Plan but have not been implemented due to various reasons would be carried forward to the 10th Malaysia Plan. – Bernama

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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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Langkawi port handles over 500,000 vehicles

THE Dermaga Tanjung Lembung (DTL) Port in Bukit Malut, Langkawi has handled 524,637 units of vehicles from the time it began operations in 1997 till July this year.

General Manager of Langkawi Port Sdn Bhd, Muhd Nasir Abdul Aziz said various vehicles had been handled at the port from cars to lorries and buses which were transported either to the island or mainland.

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During the period, DTL also handled cargoes amounting to 2,796,811 metric tonnes and 8,331 units of containers.

Muhd Nasir said that for the first seven months of this year, cargo handled amounted to 152,273 metric tonnes, while the number of vehicles handled was 33,425 vehicles and containers 701.

Since Monday, DTL has also handled 1,200 cars with the “KV” plates taken to the mainland for use to transport workers returning to Langkawi to celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri at their respective kampung.

DTL also plays an important role as a main gateway in driving development in the resort island of Langkawi, Muhd Nasir said in a statement today.

The port, which is managed by Langkawi Port, is the main port that handles the entry as well as loading of cargo into the island including that from Thailand and Singapore.

Muhd Nasir said DTL handled three areas, namely general cargo, vehicles and containers.

To facility easier access for ships to call at the port, DTL has also carried out works to deepen the harbour area. The works were completed last month, he said.

The port operator is also in the midst of upgrading its security systems at the port to ensure that all entry and exits at the port are recorded. – Bernama

By: Btimes.com.my

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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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PKA’s duty to transform Port Klang into major hub

THE Port Klang Authority (PKA), which now holds the roles of trade facilitator, regulator and landlord aims to turn Port Klang into a hub for national and regional traffic.

PKA, established as a statutory corporation in 1963, was the port operator before the privatisation of port services which started in 1986.

With the divestment of the operational facilities and services of the port to three distinct entities under three separate privatisation exercises, PKA’s core functions under the re-shaped role are trade facilitation, port planning and development, regulatory overview of privatised facilities and services, free zone authority and asset management.

PKA is also involved in port promotion to turn Port Klang into a major regional transshipment hub and to develop facilities to meet the objectives.

Among PKA’s initiatives were the development of the country’s first inland port, the Ipoh Cargo Terminal and the first distripark, the Port Klang Distribution Park (now known as Northport Distripark). PKA is also the free commercial zone authority and overseer of the port’s Vessel Traffic Management System.

In line with its objective of developing Port Klang as a regional hub, it has also set up a one-stop agency to facilitate the establishment of businesses that will generate cargo for the port.

PKA is the owner and developer of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), which is located on a 1,000 acre site in Pulau Indah.

PKFZ is the first free zone in the country to integrate industrial and commercial activities within the same area and is designed to facilitate the growth of regional distribution or international procurement centres.

PKA also has jurisdiction over the Port of Malacca at Tanjung Bruas. Its functions, powers, duties and jurisdiction was extended to Malacca Port in July 1983.

PKA board members consist of a chairman appointed by the King and ten directors (including the general manager), appointed by the Transport Minister.

By : biz.thestar.com.my

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JCorp investing RM500mil in phase two of port expansion

PASIR GUDANG: Johor Corp (JCorp) will be investing RM500mil under the second phase of the Tanjung Langsat Port expansion plan this year, said chief executive officer Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim.

Two new berths measuring 500m each dedicated to the handling of general cargo would be built at the port, he said.

“It is necessary to further expand and upgrade facilities at the port to accommodate the needs of existing investors and to attract potential ones,” Ali told reporters after presenting awards to athletes of the Johor Yachting Association on Saturday.

JCorp is the parent company of port operator Tanjung Langsat Sdn Bhd (TLSB) and TMP Technopark Sdn Bhd, which is developing the 1,400ha Tanjung Langsat industrial estate.

Since 2000, TLSB has invested RM500mil in the port, equipping it with machinery to handle liquid petroleum cargo and other hazardous chemicals and building storage facilities.

Ali said the port was originally built to handle liquid petroleum-related cargo, not general or dry cargo. “However, we have to make some changes to include berths for handling general cargo as there is demand for such facilities here,” he said, adding that the port would have between 12 and 14 berths under the port’s long-term expansion plan.

Ali said to date, there were 21 local and foreign companies operating in the industrial estate with a combined total investment of RM10bil including infrastructure.

He said although the outlook for the global economy was uncertain, there remained opportunities in niche segments such as the petrochemicals industry.

JCorp will be targeting more investors from the Middle East and will join a trade delegation to the United Arab Emirates later this month, according to Ali. He said that the Middle East investors he met on his trips to the Gulf States recently had expressed their commitment to invest more in Malaysia.

“They did not want to take any more risk by putting their monies in Europe and the United States unlike before and now most of them see Malaysia as a safe haven for their investments,” he said.

By ZAZALI MUSA

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