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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:33 PM   #81
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Shell to expand refurbished Westport Terminal
Published: 2011/09/12
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Shell Malaysia will expand the newly refurbished Westport Terminal with an additional three new storage tanks and cargo pipelines to cater to growing demand for fuel and future growth in the Klang Valley.

Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd, Azman Ismail said the expansion work, set to commence in November, illustrates the company's confidence in Malaysia's growth potential for its downstream retail business.

"We expect the expansion work to be complete by the fourth quarter of next year. "The three storage tanks will be of 15 million litres each in terms of size while the pipeline will be sized adequately," he told reporters at the official opening of the refurbished Shell Westport Terminal in Pulau Indah, here today.

The liquid bulk terminal currently delivers 1.67 million litres of petroleum products per day and operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

"With the additional tanks, we will be delivering 2.5 million litres easily," Azman said. At present, the terminal spans 10.1 hectares (25 acres) and has six storage tanks.

Last year, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd signed a 14-year sub-lease agreement with Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd at Port Klang for storing, supplying and distributing petroleum products.

The refurbishment work began in December last year and was completed in early May this year with operations beginning the very same month. Following the launch, Shell Malaysia has a total of 16 liquid bulk terminals nationwide.

Earlier this year, Shell Malaysia announced a RM5.1 billion investment for 2011 in multiple projects, including expansion of the Shell Middle Distillate
Synthesis wax plant in Bintulu, a new diesel processing unit at the Shell Refinery in Port Dickson and the Gumusut deepwater development offshore Sabah.

The top market leader in retail, the company currently caters to one-third of Peninsular Malaysia and half of East Malaysia's petroleum retail market
requirements, serving over half a million customers daily at over 900 retail sites nationwide.

"We will do whatever investment necessary to maintain and strengthen the number one position in the retail business, locally," Azman added. -- Bernama
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #82
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Ports on a steady course
By Presenna Nambiar and Zaidi Isham Ismail Published: 2011/09/14
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html



Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's two busiest ports, Port Klang and Port of Tanjung Pelepas, have been left largely unscathed by the slowdown in commerce.

Both ports handled about 84 per cent of total container volumes that went through Malaysian ports in 2010.

The Business Week magazine reported in August that commerce on the Asia-to-Europe route, the world's second-busiest container route, rose 4.2 per cent in the second quarter. The growth is the weakest since the end of 2009, according to England-based Container Trade Statistics Ltd.

According to Port Klang Authority (PKA), which oversees both Westports and Northport, overall container trade grew by 8 per cent to 6.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first eight months of the year.

While there was a slight drop in exports in July and in imports in August 2011 compared to the previous year, the drop is deemed negligible or insignificant.

About two-thirds of containers that go through Port Klang are bound for Asean, Far East and South Asia.

About 10 per cent are Europe-bound while 2 per cent are US-bound.

Port Klang is projected to handle 9.4 million TEUs in 2011. Last year, it handled 8.9 million TEUs.

"Total container volume handled at Port Klang reflects that Port Klang could meet its projection," the port regulator said in response to e-mailed questions.

MMC Corp Bhd, however, while not expecting PTP and Johor Port to be adversely affected by the global economic slowdown, is anticipating slower transshipment growth for the year.

The conglomerate owns both PTP and Johor Port.

MMC Corp group managing director Datuk Hasni Harun told Business Times in an interview recently that it expected slower transshipment growth of between 3 and 4 per cent this year compared with between 6 and 7 per cent in 2010.

PTP saw container throughput rise by 16 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2011 to 3.6 million TEUs.

Transshipment contributed more than 90 per cent of total containers handled in PTP for the first half of this year.

The port has set a target of 7.5 million TEUs this year. PTP handled 6.3 million TEUs in 2010.
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Glenn Marine pitches for new port
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2011/10/25
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Kuala Lumpur: The owner and operator of the Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC) in Pulau Indah has come up with a proposal to convert the country's first cruise terminal into Port Klang's third container port.

Port Klang Authority chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo told Business Times that owner-operator Glenn Defense Marine (Asia) Sdn Bhd (GDMA) had submitted its proposal to the port authority.

GDMA bought over PKCC from Star Cruises Terminal Sdn Bhd for RM118 million in 2009. GDMA is part of the Glenn Marine Group of Companies which is partly owned by Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT).

"They have shown us the proposal, we did our studies and found that it was a good idea. We have no objections, but it's up to them to get the approval of the Ministry of Transport," he said.

When asked why the location was not considered in its 20-year master plan, Teh said the idea of converting the cruise terminal into a container port had not come about then.

The Port Klang Development Master Plan 2010-2030 commissioned late last year in effect had identified five locations, which did not include the PKCC site.

These were Pulau Che Mat Zin, Klang Bar Channel, Old Klang Bar Channel, Pulau Carey and Kampung Batu Laut.

Industry players have questioned the need for a third port considering there is room for expansion in Northport and Westports.

Teh, however, begged to differ, saying land for expansion at the two ports were limited.

"Westports has land for further development but this is land owned by Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam in his personal capacity, we cannot consider that in our plans," Teh said.

PKCC is parked under Glenn Ports and Cruise Terminal in the group. Its chief executive officer Brian Paul did not respond to e-mailed questions as at press time.

PKCC, which started operations in December 1995, is the first purpose-built modern dedicated cruise terminal in Malaysia.
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Hotel chain opens in Port Klang
Wednesday November 16, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...96&sec=central



It’s official: (From left) Lim, Best Western International Area Representative-
Malaysia managing director Naresh Mohan, Western Capacity Sdn Bhd
executive director Tan Tiang Lai and group sales and marketing director–
Malaysia Jonathan Badman.

Best Western International has announced a new hotel known as the Best Western Plus in Port Klang.

The 139-room project is scheduled to be opened in 2015.

The project is a 31-storey tower with contemporary glass facade.

The hotel reception lobby is located on the ground floor whilst the sky lounge, fitness center and swimming pool are located on the 18th floor.

There are also 90 ‘small office variable office’ suites available for the local and international business travelers.

“We are thrilled to announce this exciting collaboration. Best Western International is a chain with 4,000 independently-owned and operated hotels around the world.

“Best Western Plusis suitable for Port Klang as it is a Free Trade Zone and surrounded by other international business development at 1Gateway.

“Foreign and local businessmen will find it convenient and comfortable to stay in and will enjoy the right ambience for conducting business,” said Lagenda Erajuta Sdn Bhd executive director Lim Thiam Huat.

“1Gateway is the latest and arguably the most exciting new development located on 7ha of prime land with two towers and a built-up area of more than 400,000 sq ft.

“Strategically speaking in terms of location, product and brand expansion, this is a valuable addition to Best Western’s growing Malaysian portfolio” said Best Western International vice president international operations for Asia and the Middle East Glenn de Souza.

The new property should enhance the value of all leading international and regional fashion boutiques, franchised restaurants and cafes, hypermarket, banks, business corporations and leisure ventures at 1Gateway.

For details, visit www.bestwestern.com
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Westports plans RM3.2bil investment
Wednesday February 22, 2012
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PUTRAJAYA: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd will invest RM3.18bil under its expansion plan to further improve the port’s capacity, executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam said.

He said the expansion plan includes the 160 ha (400 acres) land reclamation project expected to be completed by next year and the construction of four container terminals slated for completion in 2016.

“We already have five container terminals now. The sixth terminal is under construction and we will move to seventh (terminal) next year, eighth and ninth (terminal). We have four more terminals to complete.

“Now, we are handling 6.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and it will increase to 11 million TEUs by 2016,” he told reporters after signing a RM318mil facilitation fund agreement with the government, Bank Pembangunan Malaysia and Westports for a land reclamation project in Port Klang.

The agreement signed by the Prime Minister’s Department Public Private Partnership Unit director-general Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa and Gnanalingan will provide RM318mil facilitation fund to Westports for the project.

The signing was witnessed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Public Private Partnership Unit Fund Section director Raja Muhammad Azhan Shah Raja Muhammad.

Nor Mohamed said the facilitation fund was important to expand Westports as about 80% of the nation’s exports and imports used the port’s facilities.

“This is a success that all of us should be proud of. We should not be satisfied (with what we’ve achieved so far), instead we should strive to do more using our strategic assets that we have to scale greater heights in this transport hub.

“To do this, we have to reclaim land, make dredging and etc.

“With government assistance, facilities at Westports can be expanded and we can get revenue from ships using the facilities,” he added. — Bernama
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Third terminal necessary, says Glenn Marine CEO

By SHARIDAN M.ALI
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Tuesday January 17, 2012

PETALING JAYA: There should not be any issues to develop a third terminal in Port Klang in view of the probable capacity constraints to handle the expected increase in movement of goods in five years.

Glenn Marine Group Malaysia chief executive officer Brian Paul said the company had already submitted a proposal to the Government to develop a container port with 1.5km wharf at Port Klang Cruise Centre on Pulau Indah with an estimated cost of RM1.5mil.

“We plan to take advantage of our land with good seafront, natural depth waters and location to develop a port with annual capacity of three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs),” he told StarBiz.


“But, if everything goes well with government approvals, we will initially concentrate on the first phase of the project with an estimated cost just below RM1bil.

“The project now is at various stages of government approvals.”

He said the company planned to finance the project via a combination of shareholders' equity and bank borrowings.

According to a news report on Monday quoting sources, the third port plan hit a snag at the approval stage and efforts were being made to ensure the plan was on track.

Additionally, on Jan 6, there was also a report that some quarters in the Port Klang fraternity were against the idea of having a third container port.

Nevertheless, Paul said Port Klang's future annual capacity, including all the expansions in hand, was expected to only grow to around 16.5 million TEUs in less than five years.

“With total handling volume of 9.5 million TEUs last year and the average trend of 10% annual container growth, the capacity will be quite saturated in five years and this was only a base-case projection.

“Thus, a third container terminal will put the country at an advantage with the extra capacity to support the import and export activities,” he said.

Port Klang, the main and largest maritime gateway of the country, is supported by the operations of two container ports giants, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Northport (Malaysia) Bhd.

Port Klang Authority chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo said that Port Klang would surely have to look for extra capacity after 2017.

“I welcome the plan to have a third port as it will be private initiatives that will not include any investment from the Government. Moreover, there will be no land-lease process involved as Glenn Marine owns the land as well.

“I think it will create a healthy business environment for the terminal industry in Port Klang,” he said, adding that the maritime industry in Port Klang should first prioritise national interest.

Teh, who was recently on an official visit to the Singapore Port, said the Port Klang fraternity should take Singapore Port as an example.

“The Singapore Port, which has three times more volume than Port Klang, is also busy with expansion for extra capacity. I don't see why Port Klang shouldn't do the same,” he said.

Teh also confirmed that the plan was currently going through various stages of approval.

Paul said that previously people were also opposing the idea of having a second port in Port Klang and south of Johor.

“But, look at the port now. It has flourished and created a lot of job opportunities,” he said.

Likewise in this specific project, Paul said the third port could churn out a lot of other economic activities in this part of Pulau Indah.

On other details of the port, Paul said it would be designed to cater to ultra-sized modern container ships such as the Triple-E.

The Triple-E ships of Mearsk Line are the world's largest and most efficient container vessels with capacity of 18,000 TEUs each.

“We have a natural depth of 15m that could accommodate this type of vessels. We only need to have taller cranes to lift the containers,” he said.

Glenn Marine is a holding company with subsidiaries that manage its two main businesses of marine logistics and cruise terminals. It also owns and manages the Port Klang Cruise Terminal.
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Third terminal to complement Northport, Westports
By G.Shankar Published: 2012/05/05
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...portt/Article/

THE planned third terminal is expected to complement the existing two ports, Northport and Westports, and attract more shipping lines to Port Klang.

Port Klang Authority (PKA) chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo said the third terminal, to be sited at the current Port Klang Cruise Centre Terminal in Pulau Indah, will help draw in vessels that are currently bypassing Malaysia and heading to Singapore.

Teh added that if the terminal development materialises, the plan to build a full-fledged third port at Pulau Carey will be rendered needless.

The third port project has been opposed by numerous quarters due to its expected exorbitant construction and land costs.

"Port Klang will surely have to look for extra capacity in the near future as demand would exceed capacity at the existing Northport and Westports areas in a few years.

"I feel if Northport and Westports oppose the construction of the third terminal, they are merely trying to protect their market.

"However, I can assure you that apart from helping to meet growing demands, the third terminal will also create a healthy business environment," Teh said.

"In the last one year alone, I recall two incidents where ships which had not completed their unloading were forced to leave due to heavy congestion at the port. This third terminal will help curb such incidents in the future," he said.

Teh said another reason the PKA welcomed the development of a third terminal is because it is a private initiative and did not require any government investments and land-leasing processes.

"The land in question is privately-owned. Apart from playing a major complementary role, the third terminal will also create plenty of job opportunities," he added.

The third terminal, with a 1.5km wharf, is expected to cater to an annual capacity of three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers.

The development cost is expected to be around RM1.5 billion.

The terminal will be designed to cater to ultra-size modern container ships such as the Triple-E, which is the world's largest and most efficient container vessel with a capacity of 18,000 TEUs.

"Plans for the development of the third terminal are currently going through various stages of approval," Teh said.
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Port Klang - Malaysia's largest container ports:
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as requested by someone: Voyager at Port Klang

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awesome, right? Note the land in the background is the land proposed for 3rd terminal in Port Klang
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Westports projects growth in 2013 despite gloomy economy
Posted on 18 November 2012 - 05:37am
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PORT KLANG (Nov 18, 2012): Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, operator of the country's busiest port, still projects growth in its business for next year despite the gloomy global economy.

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

Therefore, he said, Westports' cargo volume was still increasing due to the rising demand especially in India and African and West Asian countries.

"Although the economic outlook is not so good for most of the world, consumption is still increasing and cargoes need to move from the countries that manufacturing them to countries that consume them.

"So there is still a lot of growth," he told Bernama in an interview.

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

Ruben Emir said Westports was confident of handling seven million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container cargo this year.

"I think we have already hit six million TEUs this week, so with one more million TEUS before year-end, I think we should be almost touching it," he said.

He said last year, Westports handled 6.4 million TEUs and in 2010 it handled 5.5 million TEUs. However, Ruben Emir said, Westports hoped to achieve eight-10 million TEUs once its additional 300m berth and 600m berth were completed by 2014.

"Currently, the port handles about 70 per cent of the overall container volume at Port Klang.

"Westports' businesses are divided into two parts namely, local cargo, handling Malaysian import and export and transhipment cargo on international business," he said.

He said currently the transhipment cargo contributed about 70 per cent to its revenue.

Westports is one of two ports in Port Klang with over 4,000 employees and expects to increase to 4,400 employees by 2014. – Bernama
Westports sees boom in 2013
Published: 2012/11/19
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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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PKA upbeat on port position in global container league
Published: 2013/01/03
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KUALA LUMPUR: Port Klang Authority (PKA) is confident of maintaining Port Klang's 13th position in the World Container League based on last year's performance.

PKA general manager Captain David Padman said in 2012, Port Klang's capacity increased by about two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and a capacity increase is anticipated for this year with wharf 18 in Westports, which will be commissioned in January and wharf 8A, Northport, in July.

"With this increase, Port Klang is poised to cross the 10 million TEUs mark and projected to handle 10.4 million TEUs", he said.

Last year, Port Klang registered a 4.1 growth in handling containers with a total of 9.9 million TEUs.

Northport handled 3.08 million TEUs, while Westports handled 6.91 million TEUs in 2012.

Northport handled 1.74 million TEUs of indigenous boxes and 1.34 million TEUs of transshipment boxes, while Westports handled 1.95 million TEUs of indigenous boxes and 4.96 million TEUs of transshipment boxes.

"In total, Port Klang handled 3.69 million TEUs of indigenous boxes and 6.30 million TEUs of transshipment boxes," Padman said in a statement.

According to PKA, Port Klang's positive growth was due to its efficient and productive terminal operators, strong support of its shipping, logistics community and major shipping lines that have made Port Klang as their hub, as well as the port's supply-driven facilities with a container handling capacity of 14 million TEUs per annum and enhanced state of art handling equipment.

Additionally, it said the strong cooperation and coordination between the port authority and private terminal operators Northport and Westports have made Port Klang's continuous marketing and promotion strategies a resounding success.
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Eco-friendly cranes for Northport
Published: 2013/01/07
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KUALA LUMPUR: Northport (Malaysia) Bhd has acquired environment-friendly terminal handling equipment for its container handling operations as part of its business and port expansion plans.

Northport chief executive Abi Sofian Abdul Hamid said the purchase of 13 units of Electric Rubber Tired Gantry (E-RTG) cranes is part of the significant redevelopment and restructu-ring of its infrastructure as well as major upgrading of equipment and facilities.

"The redevelopment and restructuring of this 100-year-old port showcase Northport's commitment to serving its customers better and stay ahead of the competition," he said.

The E-RTG cranes are fully powered by shore power and equipped with the latest drive technology that will produce cleaner and efficient methods of operation. Movement is performed using energy-saving electric motors, which are inverter controllers.

Abi Sofian said by adopting the new technology, Northport is expected to reduce the fuel cost significantly, since the E-RTG energy consumption cost is only 35 per cent of a diesel-powered RTG.

"We believe these cranes will increase our operational efficiency and productivity in an eco-friendly and responsible way."

Delivery of the cranes is expected to complete by May 2013.

Meanwhile, Abi Sofian said Northport's new Container Terminal 4 project is progressing on schedule. The construction of Wharf 8A is expected to be fully operational in July 2013.

Upon its completion, Wharf 8A will be able to berth vessels with deeper draft, which in turn will improve connectivity.
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Container handling by Malaysian ports up 2.8pc in 2012
Published: 2013/01/21
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KUALA LUMPUR: Container handling by Malaysian ports showed a growth of 2.82 per cent, or an increase of 569,252 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year.

In 2011, Malaysian ports handled 20,209,154 TEUs. Last year, the number went up to 20,778,406 TEUs.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha in a statement last Saturday said that last year, the container handling continuously showed positive growth, despite the lack of demand from China and the bleak economic environment in Europe.

This success, he added, was due to the strong sustainable economic growth in Malaysia and the strong intra-Asian trade.


"In addition, the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), launched by the government in strategic areas of the nation, has acted as a catalyst to induce the positive performance of container handling in Malaysian ports," the minister said.

Kong said the proactive measures undertaken by ports in Malaysia to ensure a first-class delivery system through upgrading of port infrastructure and the relationship management with the industrial and trade sectors, has attracted many shipping companies to select Malaysian ports as their port of choice.

He said Port Klang retained its status as the number one container handler in Malaysia.

Last year, Port Klang handled 10 million TEUs in comparison to 9.6 million in 2011, an increase of 4.2 per cent.

The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) came in second with the handling of 7.72 million TEUs, compared with 7.5 million in 2011, an increase of 2.9 per cent.


Containerisation International has ranked Port Klang and the PTP as 13th and 17th respectively for 2009 to 2011 based on global performance. Bernama
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Westports starts construction of new terminal
Published: 2013/04/30
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Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects the first 300-metre berth of its 600 metre Container Terminal 7 (CT7) to be completed in December this year.

The port operator said the remaining 300 metres would be completed by early next year, together with the delivery of seven Quay Cranes and 42 rubber-tyre gantries (RTGs) to support the new facility.

"We have also completed the construction of the last 300 metres of the CT6 in April, taking our total container quay length to 4,000 metres and overall handling capacity to 9.5 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs).

"This augurs well for our target of handling 7.4 million TEUs in
2013, a growth of seven per cent from to 6.91 million last year," it added in a statement today.

Chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said when the CT7 is ready, it would give the port the capability to handle the 18,000 TEU class vessels.

"The completion of CT7 will take the port's overall container berth length to 4,600 metres, supported by the seven new Quay Cranes which will be the tallest of such in the world, to handle the 18,000 TEU class vessels.

"This additional quay length will increase Westports handling capacity to 11 million TEUs a year," he added.

Ruben said with the berth depth of 17.5 metres, Westports would always stand out as one of the few ports in the world with the deepest berth depth to accommodate the biggest vessels in the world.

Westports Malaysia, the operator of Westports in Port Klang, expects its container volume to grow by 7-8 per cent annually for the next five years.-- Bernama
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PORT KLANG: Northport (Malaysia) Bhd takes delivery of two new quay cranes for its container operations.

These cranes are part of six new quay cranes purchased by the port with an investment of more than RM170 million to increase its terminal handling capacity.

Northport currently has a total of 26 quay cranes for its sea side operations.These two cranes will bring the total to 28 cranes.

The new cranes which will be placed at Northport’s Container Terminal Two (CT2), have the capacity to handle Super Post Panamax size vessels with an outreach of 18-containers across.

The cranes are fitted with state-of-the-art Bubenzer-Malmedie Snag Load protection device to ensure its safe operation, making Northport the first port in the region to acquire quay cranes equipped with this sophisticated technology, the enhance container handling safety.

“This state-of-the-art technology called Bubenzer-Malmedie Snag Load protection device will now allow loading and discharging of the containers in an uninterrupted and safe manner, thus providing optimum service to our customers,” says Northport’s chief executive officer Abi Sofian Abdul Hamid.

With the lifting capacity of 55 tonnes, lifting height of 38metres, hoisting speed of 180/90 m/min in empty and rated load configuration, the two new cranes are the most advanced container handling equipment at CT2.

Besides the two new cranes, Northport is also expecting the arrival of four more new quay cranes of bigger handling capacity.

All the four new quay cranes will be used for CT 4 operations and scheduled to arrive in July 2013 to coincide with the completion of Wharf 8A. — Bernama
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Port Klang Authority to mark 50th year
By R. Anbu 26 June 2013| last updated at 11:56PM
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PORT KLANG: The Port Klang Authority will commemorate 50 years of excellence with a two-day celebration on July 1 and 12 with those in the port and shipping fraternity.

Its chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo said PKA had played a significant role in the development and operation of local ports since it was established on July 1, 1963 .

The celebration, he said, was to mark its excellent service record in port operations in the local and regional arena.

The programme will start with a logistics forum entitled "Asia - The Engine For Growth".

There will be nine local and foreign speakers from the logistics sector as well as academicians, who will present their papers.

Teh said Transport Deputy Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi will open the forum, which will be attended by 300 participants from local and foreign ports and the shipping industry.

Teh said PKA will also host a gala dinner to convey its appreciation to local ports and those in the shipping industry who had given PKA support and cooperation in its 50 years of existence.

"The highlight of the evening will be the launch of the 300-page Port Klang -- 1900 to 2012, which is written by an academician".

Teh said among the 600 who will be invited to the dinner are retirees who had loyally served the PKA.

On the second day, there will be "business 2 business" meetings that will help create business opportunities for terminal operators, shipping lines, freight operators, and logistics companies in Asia.
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Published: 2013/07/03
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PORT KLANG: NorthPort's new container terminal is poised to start operations this year, said its chief executive officer Abi Sofian Abdul Hamid. "As of June 30, we have completed 84.46 per cent of the work."

He admitted that work on the fourth terminal was slower than expected, and this was due to difficulties in extracting old piles and limited working hours as the wharf is located at tidal zone.

Abi Sofian said there will be no escalation in cost despite some impediments incurred, and that the company has a three-pronged strategy in place to ensure the port opens for business in September.

The three measures are: ramping up the work force; extending working hours; and putting additional team to work from the southern end of the wharf.

The country's largest port operator is betting that its RM500 million investment into the port will help make business briskier.

Northport is banking on the RM338 million Wharf 8A, which forms the bulk of terminal 4, to help increase the number of containers it handels a year.

"It will help the port boost total container handling capacity to 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from the current five million TEUs, Abi Sofian said.

Northport, which handled some 3.1 TEUs last year, expects to handle some 10 per cent more this year. Last year, Northport accounted for 31 per cent of the containers handled in Port Klang.

The port, a wholly owned unit of the public-listed NCB Holdings Bhd, is expanding at a time when container traffic in Port Klang is on single-digit growth.

Port Klang hand-led slightly more than 10 million TEUs last year, up by some 4.1 per cent from the year before.

Northport operates one of two main maritime gateways in Port Klang, while the other is handled by Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a unit controlled by its executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam.

Both the port operating companies are backed by big names, as they fight for market share in Port Klang, among the top 15 busiest ports in the world.

NCB is majority controlled by Permodalan Nasional Bhd, the country's biggest fund manager, while Westports is backed by Khazanah Nasional and Hutchison Whampoa - the world's largest port operator - which is controlled by Li Kah Shing, Asia's richest man.

Abi Sofian justified Northport's capital outlay from an operational point of view.

"Our current utilisation rate is 60 per cent, and once we reach the 75 per cent threshold, we will face some operating issues, such as congestion and inefficiency," he said, adding that Northport will undertake capacity extension when utilisation level hits more than 65 per cent.
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