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Old January 21st, 2010, 06:56 PM   #41
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Ong: Former PKFZ directors can still be held liable
By Mazlinda Mahmood Published: 2010/01/22

FORMER Port Klang Authority (PKA) board members could still be held liable for failing to carry out their duties diligently following the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) fiasco.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said nobody was above the law but added there was no need to jump to conclusions.

Ong was asked why previous directors were not held responsible and sued for failing in their duties when former PKA general manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang and several other individuals have been taken to court.

"I do agree that nobody is above the law but we must do what is necessary," he said in a press conference after launching the Whistle Blowing Policy at PKA in Port Klang yesterday.

PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, who was also present, admitted that the Transport Ministry's task force for the PKFZ probe recommended action against former board members.

However, the present board has not made any decisions on this.

Lee, however, denied that the board was dragging its feet, saying the board could only take action when personal involvement was clear.

"The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police are also investigating board members and senior staff. We are waiting for the outcome of their investigation.

"In the case of O.C. Phang, there was clear evidence, other than fiduciary duties, there were no evidence of direct involvement (by former board members)," he said.

Asked whether action was not taken against certain members of the board because they have titles, Ong said it would be prejudicial to make such an assumption.

On December 10, O.C. Phang, Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Stephen Abok and architect Bernard Tan Seng Swee were charged with criminal breach of trust and cheating.

Phang is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM254 million at the PKA office in Jalan Pelabuhan Klang here between October 1 2004 and January 13 2006.

According to media reports, the Public Accounts Committee's probe into the PKFZ scandal began after PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng lodged a police report in August alleging possible fraud amounting to RM1.5 billion.

Discrepancies over PKFZ's development were uncovered by a special task force, comprising lawyers, accountants, quantity surveyors and building cost consultants from professional firms, set up by the Transport Ministry following an audit report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 06:56 PM   #42
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Port Klang Free Zone posts maiden operating profit
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2010/01/22

THE Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) in Pulau Indah, Selangor, has made its first operating profit since its inception in November 2006. The firm has made an operating profit of RM5.18 million on revenue of RM15 million in 2009.

"This year, we are optimistic that we will be able to do better. We have a few (new) projects in hand, which will increase the occupancy of our facilities and generate more cargo," PKFZ Sdn Bhd (PKFZSB) general manager Chia Kon Leong told reporters after the launch of Port Klang Authority's (PKA) whistle-blowing policy in Port Klang yesterday.

PKFZSB operates and markets the 405ha free zone, which is owned by PKA.

Besides more aggressively marketing the free zone, PKFZSB is also looking at a revamp of its business model to make PKFZ a more attractive destination for investors.

"Two things are important for investors, ease of doing business and cost. We are working closely with the relevant government agencies to ensure that there is ease of doing business in PKFZ," Chia said.

He is also working on packaging its three facilities, namely its 256ha of open land, 512 light industrial units (LIUs) and the 500,000 sq ft office block, more attractively, leveraging on the strength of the seamless port environment.

PKFZ is targeting a 50 per cent occupancy rate for its LIUs by the end of the year from 31.6 per cent now, and hopes to convince at least 10 investors to take up land on its open space.

Currently, 16.6 per cent of the total open land has been leased.

"As you know, in 2009, many investors put a lot of their plans on hold, due to the uncertain economic climate ... with the signs of a recovery, they should be coming in this year," Chia said.

"We admit that we still have to work hard on the usage of the open land. However in 2010, we will be more aggressive in our outreach, and branding exercise. It's a double-prong approach," Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 06:39 AM   #43
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Westports gets ISO 14001 certification
Published: 2010/03/01



WESTPORTS in Port Klang has received ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system.

It also obtained the OHSAS 18001 accreditation for its occupational health and safety management system recently.

The dual certification was granted after a stringent audit by SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a Singapore-based auditing firm.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the operator of Westports, said the dual certification was a boost to the port's aspiration to establish a "best in class" environment, health and safety management system (EHS-MS).

"To achieve that, we want to be the first in everything and best in everything," it said.

The EHS-MS is based on the internationally recognised management system that acknowledges that process and activities conducted in the port have been assessed and posed minimum risk, including accident, fire and pollution risks.

"Although we have our own systems, we still subject them to third party audits because we want to bring in international standards to ours,"said Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam.

"We also want to show our conformance to legal and other requirements via third party certification," he added.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 06:20 AM   #44
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Westports expects to handle more than 5m TEUs this year
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2010/03/03



Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects the terminal to handle 5.2 million (twenty-foot equivalent units) TEUs this year, up from 4.5 million last year, said its executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam.

He said the last few months has seen a growth in shipments on the back of the recovery of regional economies.

"We have reached a big inflexion point in terms of shipping and this has been seen in our manpower (needs)," he said.

Early 2009, the port had an excess of 1,000 workers due to the economic crisis but with the improvement it has started hiring again and taken in 80 workers in the past three months, he said on the sidelines of the FMM National Export Conference 2010 in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Westports recorded five million TEUs, the standard measurement for shipping containers, in 2008.

At the height of the crisis last year, shipping lines in general suffered losses totalling US$20 billion (US$1 = RM3.39) as the world shipping volume dropped by 25 per cent while capacity increased by 35 per cent.

Gnanalingam described undercutting as one of the main reasons as shipping lines grappled with excess capacity.

He said the shipping scene is likely to continue to see changes with more consolidation among the players.

For instance, Maersk stands strongly due to merger exercise compared to a decade ago when the shipping scene was dominated by Maersk and Sealand and P&O and Nedlloyd.

A decade ago there were 100 shipping lines and the number is expected to shrink by half within this year.

In terms of growth this year, Gnanalingam said the main drivers would be China, India and the Middle East, markets that will benefit from Malaysia's exports.

This would be followed by Australia and South America before Europe kicks in.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 01:22 PM   #45
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TRC Synergy unit gets Northport's RM45.9m container terminal job
Written by Joseph Chin
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 18:32

KUALA LUMPUR: TRC SYNERGY BHD []'s unit has secured a RM45.98 million project for one of Northport (Malaysia) Bhd's container terminals.

It said on Wednesday, March 10 its unit Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd received the letter of award from Northport on Tuesday.

The project is the proposed development of RTG G-Block and associated works at container terminal one at Port Klang, Selangor.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 11:50 AM   #46
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CSCL: Westports will remain our S-E Asia mega hub
Published: 2010/03/15
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CHINA Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd (CSCL) will continue to make Westports Malaysia in Port Klang its mega transshipment hub in Southeast Asia.

A Westports statement said Ma Zehua, CSCL vice-president, made the commitment to Westports' executive chairman Tan Sri G. Ghanalingam during a recent visit to the port.

CSCL is Westports' second largest customer after French liner CMA CGM.

Last year, Westports handled some 552,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) for CSCL, including for the group's feeder liner, Puhai Shipping, and the volume is expected to increase this year.

"We have been constantly improving the productivity rate on their vessels.

"They have not only grown in terms of volume but also in terms of vessel sizes as more and more mega-sized vessels are making regular calls at Westports," the statement added. - Bernama
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Westports sets record for crane moves
Published: 2010/03/22
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WESTPORTS Malaysia charted a new record number of crane moves in one shift this month, with 734 moves per hour on the CSCL Pusan, belonging to China Shipping.

The 9,600-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) vessel was off-loaded by nine cranes, doing a total of 5,244 moves.

The feat beat the previous record of 665 moves per hour set in 2008.

"The productivity achie-ved over such a large volume of moves across the vessel continues to boost the port's status as the world's best five for productivity and a leading mega transshipment hub in the region," said Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam in a statement.

"The team's objective was to break the previous CSCL vessel record of 263 moves per hour, while Westports' overall record was 665 moves per hour done on a CMA vessel in 2008," he added.

Ruben attributed the feat to team effort displayed by the port's staff, "from the planning department to the maintenance and repair team who were on a 24-hour standby to ensure that the entire operation was executed without any delay".

"The container operations teams are now working towa-rds achieving performance record on other lines calling at Westports," he said.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #48
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Westports posts healthy volume growth in Q1
Published: 2010/04/12



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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West Port is one of three ports in Selangor that comprises Port Klang, Malaysia. The other two are Northport and Southpoint. Located on Pulau Indah in Klang, it was opened in 1995. It is the nation's leading private seaport. In H1 2008, it'd handled 2.45 million TEUs with a market share of 62% in Port Klang. It expected to reach 5 million TEUs by end of 2008.
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MISC buys stake in VTTI for RM2.36bil
By IZWAN IDRIS Tuesday May 18, 2010



An aerial view of VTTI's tank terminal assets

Move in line with shipping firm's strategy to grow tank terminal business

PETALING JAYA: MISC Bhd has proposed to buy a 50% stake in global tank terminal firm VTTI BV for US$735mil (RM2.36bil) in a move that will give the home-grown shipping giant immediate access to strategically located assets at the “crossroads of major products and energy shipping lanes of the world,” the company said.

“The acquisition of 50% interest in VTTI is a key element in developing the company's global tank terminal business, in line with MISC's strategy to expand its service offerings across the value chain,” president and chief executive officer Amir Hamzah Azizan said in the statement yesterday.

VTTI owns and operates a network of petroleum product terminals in 11 countries with a gross combined capacity of nearly six million cu m.

This gross combined capacity is set to expand to nearly seven million cum by 2013.

Its major terminals are located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates and Port Canaveral in the US.


VTTI is a wholly-owned unit of Netherland-based Vitol Group, one of the largest independent energy trading companies in the world.

MISC said the tank terminal business was an “attractive investment that will provide stable returns”.

The company's participation in the business would give it the edge over traditional shipping competitors through marketing opportunities and cross selling in both business segments.

“Upon completion of this sale and purchase transaction, MISC and Vitol will enter into a shareholder agreement to reflect the long-term relationship and strategic cooperation between MISC and Vitol in relation to their interest in VTTI,” the statement said.

MISC owns and operates more than 100 vessels, and is the leading energy transporter in the world in the liquefied natural gas, petroleum and chemical industry.

MISC and Vitol first entered into a partnership last year when the two companies started a joint venture to build and operate an oil blending terminal in Tanjung Bin, Johor. The 841,000 cu m oil blending terminal was scheduled to commence operation in 2012.

With the acquisition of the 50% stake in VTTI, the joint venture deal will be terminated and MISC's shares in the Tanjung Bin joint venture called Asia Tank Terminal Ltd will be sold to VTTI Tanjung Bin SA at cost.

The sale and purchase agreement to acquire the 50% stake in VTTI was signed yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.

MISC was represented by Amir Hamzah, while Vitol was represented by its president and CEO Ian Taylor.
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Westports Handles Highest First-Half Throughput Of 2.65 Mln TEUs
July 11, 2010 10:46 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has recorded its highest first-half throughput ever, handling 2.65 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first six months of this year.

This is a staggering 30 per cent increase compared with the same period last year when it handled 2.03 million TEUs, Malaysia's leading port said in a statement on Sunday.

Westports posted an all-time high monthly throughput of 484,000 TEUs in June, moving a total of 1.4 million TEUs in the second-quarter, a 33 per cent increase from the same period last year.

Additionally, local container volume posted 25 per cent growth, up from the 579,000 TEUs handled in the first-half of last year, to reach 724,000 TEUs in the first six-months of this year while transshipment was up 26 per cent.

Positive improvements were seen in both performance and productivity especially in container operations.

Westports Executive Director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said the port was on a stronger footing to achieve 5.4 million TEUs for this year.

"We will be investing in Container Terminal 6 that comprises an additional 300 metre berth, 1,500 additional ground slot of yard space and four new quay cranes," Ruben said.

The new terminal, expected to be ready by the second-quarter of next year, would add to the port's current capacity of 7.5 million TEUs.

"Westports also provides value-added services to customers through its On Dock Depot (ODD) and Container Freight Station (CFS) facilities at its terminal.

The port has seven ODD and four CFS privately operated by logistics players.

"The number of containers handled by these ODDs and CFSs have increased remarkably by 66 per cent and 32 per cent, respectively, against 2009," said Ruben of the new developments at the port.

Meanwhile, Westports' conventional business achieved an overall growth of 18 per cent in general and bulk cargo to 4.1 million metric tonnes for the first-half compared with 3.4 million metric tonnes registered last year.

As for Roll-On/Roll-Off volume, the port saw a 45 per cent increase in vehicle handling, compared with last year, due to an increase in the import and export of steel products while for bulk cargo, the contribution came from an increase in fertiliser imports.

With this growth, Westports is on target to achieve its overall target of 8.5 million metric tonnes for conventional business this year.

A significant development in H1 was the new world benchmark for productivity set in March.

Westports' operations team demonstrated their dexterity and skills in container handling when it managed to hit crane productivity of 734 moves in a single hour of operation on a 9,600 TEU China shipping vessel.

Ruben said the productivity achieved over such a large volume of moves across the vessel continued to boost the port's status as the world's best for productivity and a leading mega transhipment hub in the region.

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Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas feel the pinch
Llyod’s List - May 29, 2010

MALAYSIA’S ports have been a key part of the country’s development as a maritime nation.

A major exporter and strategically positioned on the Malacca Strait, Malaysia’s ports have enjoyed rapid growth over the last decade.

Both Port Klang and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas are among the top 20 largest container ports worldwide, particularly notable in PTP’s case which had not even started operations 10 years ago.

Without doubt 2009 is going to be a tough year for the ports as they are hit by the same slowdown in traffic that has affected ports throughout the world.

Westports Malaysia, the largest terminal operator in Port Klang, expects to see volumes falling this year with handling only around 4m teu compared to 4.97m teu last year. In the first quarter of 2009, volumes declined 15%-16% year on year.

Westports Malaysia has put on hold expansion plans and is to relook at capital expenditure plans at the end of the year.

Last year the terminal operator invested around RM600m ($171m) increasing its capacity to 7.2m teu annually.

While Westports Malaysia has a greater focus on transhipment, fellow Port Klang terminal operator Northport ismore focused on regional business and Malaysia imports and exports. Last year the terminal handled 3m teu and it also has a major focus on dry and liquid bulk and general cargoes. In the first two months of this year, volumes contracted 15% but inMarch the rate of contraction slowed to around 8%.

Unlike Westports, it is not delaying its expansion plans this year and it has budgeted RM500m for expansion in 2009.

“As things are much less severe domestically, Northport is unlikely to witness a severe fall in container throughput volume — given the cushion from indigenous cargo trade as well as its relatively smaller exposure in transhipment containers compared with neighbouring rival Westports,” says a recent report by OSK Research.

PTP has been a major success story for Malaysia, becoming a major transhipment hub backed by the regional transhipment business of both Maersk and Evergreen Marine.

PTP has been seeing opportunities in the downturn to win over new customers, offering what it believes is competitive pricing. The port, in southwest Johor and close to Singapore, currently has 10 berths and handled 5.6mteu last year and expects to handle a similar volume this year.

Expansion work is continuing, with berths 11 and 12 expected to be completed this year, adding a further 720 m of quay at the port and bringing its annual handling capacity to 10m teu.

In the northeast of the country, Penang port is seeking to boost its status from being a feeder port with investment in dredging its access channel.

Penang Port Commission has applied to the Malaysia ministry of transport for RM350m to deepen the channel.

“If we are able to deepen our channel to about 15 m, we will be able to cater to more main line carriers of 5,000 teu,” PPC chairman

Tan Cheng Liang said last month. At present the channel depth is 9 m to 11 m, meaning the port can handle only feeder vessels of up to about 2,000 teu in capacity.
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Port Klang retains status as busiest container port
By Kang Siew LiPublished: 2010/07/12
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz0tR9Ij8QW



Port Klang, comprising Northport and Westports, has retained its title as the country's busiest container port in the first half of this year, with a 48.3 per cent share of the total number of containers handled by all Malaysian ports.

Its rival, Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Johor, was listed second busiest, handling 35.4 per cent of the country's total container throughput.

Port Klang moved 4.31 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of cargo in the January-June 2010 period, up 29.3 per cent from 3.33 million TEUs a year earlier, as the global economic recovery boosted cargo traffic, said Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Kee Lian Yong.

It handled 856,110 TEUs of exports, up 25.8 per cent from a year earlier, and the volume of imports rose 18.2 per cent to 828,082 TEUs. Transshipment volume rose 34.5 per cent to 2.62 million TEUs.

Kee said Westports led the way in the first half of 2010 with a 30 per cent increase in container volume from the same period in 2009, handling 2.65 million TEUs, while Northport saw a 28 per cent increase to 1.66 million TEUs last year.

"We are on track to achieve our stretch target of 8.4 million TEUs for the whole year, where Westports is projected to handle 5.2 million TEUs and Northport 3.2 million TEUs. The fourth quarter is traditionally the busiest quarter of the year," Kee told Business Times in an interview.

Port Klang moved 7.31 million TEUs last year, a decline of 8.3 per cent compared with 7.97 million TEUs recorded in 2008.

"The projection for 2011 is a growth of 10 to 12 per cent in container volume (from 2010)," said Kee.

Meanwhile, in terms of tonnage handled, traffic through Port Klang in the first five months (January-May) of this year increased by 36.8 per cent to 65.54 million tonnes from 47.90 million tonnes a year earlier.

"PKA and the two terminal operators (Northport and Westports) took this time of slow-paced economy and downturn to reshape our strategies. These strategies have hastened and increased our growth even more so with the global economic recovery as can be seen by our growth percentage for the first half of 2010," said Kee.

He added that the port authority is aware that emerging ports in Asia such as Vietnam and Sri Lanka pose stiff competition to Port Klang.

"In order for us to be competitive, we are constantly looking at our operations to ensure (we offer) effective and efficient service, are service oriented, and have cost-effective operations and a commercial competitive environment," he said.
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Shell Secures 14-year Lease To LBT Terminal At Westports
July 30, 2010 15:59 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Bernama) -- 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 Strengthens Japan Connectivity With OOCL's KTX3 Service
August 01, 2010 12:37 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- Westports Malaysia, Port Klang's leading terminal, and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have jointly launched the KTX3 Service, which provides fast connectivity to Japan for Malaysian shippers.

The KTX3 service on the Intra-Asia trade now connects Westports with direct weekly services to the Japanese ports of Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe.

Also in the loop is Keelung in Taiwan, Shekou and Hong Kong.

"With direct connectivity to Japan, we are now providing more options for our customers to send or receive cargoes to and from Japan.

"Westports is not only a long haul port. We have now closed the gap on Intra-Asia coverage as we have increased our presence in the Intra-Asia routes," said Westports Executive Director Ruben Emir Gnanalingamin in a statement on Sunday.

Thanking OOCL and Westports customers for their vote of confidence and continued support, he said Westports remained committed to delivering high productivity and service standards demanded by shipping lines and customers.

OOCL's Regional Managing Director Captain S.C.Chan said the service was enhanced recently to meet increasing customer demand in the region.

Since its introduction, Chan said the KTX service had proven to be highly dependable and popular among customers in the Intra-Asia market.

"We are excited of this extension of the KTX3 service to Westports as we believe the port has proven to be a highly productive port in the world, trusted with skilled workforce, reliability, security as well as a friendly port with personalised services," he added.

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Westports Taking Proactive Measures To Strengthen Security
August 16, 2010 16:14 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, August 16 (Bernama) -- Westports Malaysia is taking proactive measures to strengthen its security systems to match international standards.

"It is our mission to ensure not only the security aspect of the port is taken care but also to make Pulau Indah a crime-free island," said Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam in a statement Monday.

Currently, the port has 200 auxiliary port police officers appointed under the Police Act 1967, one of the largest contingent of auxiliary police officers in the country.

The officers are vested with police powers, and recently were assigned policing powers under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) programme for the entire Pulau Indah.

With powers to investigate, arrest, interrogate and prosecute, the officers have contributed to a 90 per cent crime solving rate, according to Westports.

The high-tech Smart Card Security System (SCSS) has been implemented for haulier entry-exit at the port.

It has also establised an online gate pass system for conventional gate, and conducts full entry-exit inspection on all vehicles and port users as well.

Westports has been audited and recognised by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) of the United States as a safe port for US warships.

Coupled with its world-class facility and effective security management, at least two US Navy vessels will berth at the port every year.

With more than 10,000 ships of various sizes calling at the port annually, Westports said that "it has always been taking port security and safety very seriously".

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Malaysia to boost ties with Shanghai ports
By CHOW HOW BAN Saturday August 21, 2010
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SHANGHAI: Malaysia is set to strengthen relations with ports in Shanghai in terms of port management, information exchange and other services instead of just shipping goods, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

“Currently, we have MISC container ships from Port Klang heading for Shanghai ports weekly. Our liquefied natural gas also comes to Shanghai from Bintulu,” he said after his visit to the Shanghai municipal transport and port authority on Thursday.

“We can learn from each other on shipping security, shipping safety, handling of forwarding agents and good port management practices to improve turnover at our ports.”

He said Port Klang had already established sister-port relationships with the Port of Ningbo and Dalian Port Authority, to share information, undertake joint-marketing and facilitate the exchange of employees for attachment work.

The minister also met executives from the China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Co Ltd yesterday to convince the company that it could expand its base and explore business opportunities in Malaysia.

In a statement yesterday, Kong said the country’s economic growth would be boosted by the transport sector in the third quarter this year.

He added that to enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness, the Government was committed to provide seamless and efficient maritime cargo transportation infrastructures and services through the Strategic Plan 2008 to 2015.

He also said that aviation passengers increased by 16.6%, from 24.2 million in 2009 to 28.2 million while air cargo handled increased by 23.7% from 366,512 metric tonnes to 453,315 metric tonnes in the second quarter of 2010.
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Westports to post RM900m revenue
Published: 2010/09/06
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Westports Malaysia expects to chalk up revenue of close to RM900 million this year, driven by brisk business activities due to an improved global economic scenario.

Last year, Westports posted revenue of about RM700 million.

Other factors which would boost earnings include greater throughput, continuing measures to increase efficiency, existing clients, as well as new and major clients who see Westports as a hub, meeting their port servicing needs better, its Executive Director, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said.

"Our best year was 2008 where we hit revenue of RM950 million. Although volume picked up tremendously subsequently, it did not match the high of 2008 due to the onslaught of the global economic crisis, with a lot of customers asking for rebates," Ruben told Bernama in an exclusive interview.

Westports expects to achieve a total container throughput of about 5.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) for this year, which is about 30 per cent higher than 2009. For the first six months of this year, he said the port had achieved over 2.6 million TEUs.

"We have new customers coming in from Singapore, like the United Arab Shipping Corp, which has switched its hub from the city-state.

"This has contributed significantly to our growth while existing clients also continued to drive it," he said. He said Westports' market strategy was always based on productivity and turnaround time.

"We have a world record for turnaround time and our average is higher compared to other ports. This has positioned us well to provide good services to clients and are also factors as to why they come to us," he added.

Ruben said Westports intends to invest between RM3 billion and RM4 billion over the next 15 years on expansion, including the wharf, facilities and equipment. He said the company would be utilising self generated funds and proceeds from the issuance of the RM800 million sukuk musyarakah medium term notes (MTN) programme, which it embarked on in 2008.

"Asked why the company pursued sukuk financing, he said: "Islamic financing gives better deals (and) there is a shared involvement of risks and rewards."

According to Ruben, Westports is also embarking on a massive land reclamation project at its port premises, to build an additional two-kilometre berth.

The company is also looking at immediately building another 300-metre berth and a corresponding yard.

"We envisage to build 300 metres of berth every year for the next three or four years," he explained. He said once the port hit a 50 per cent capacity for the year, it would embark on further expansion plans.

In July this year, he said, the port hit about a 55 per cent capacity and hence, the present expansion. Westports is also looking at acquiring new ports as in India but this might require more financing.

"If that happens and because the ports are of various sizes, we do not discount listing," he said.

Ruben said Westports will also look to newer technologies to enhance efficiency and productivity, which has become the hallmark of the premier port going forward, in what is surely a highly competitive industry.- Bernama
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Westports on track to hit 5.5m TEUs target
Published: 2010/10/18
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WESTPORTS is on track in achieving its target of 5.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) container volume this year, having achieved 4.1 million TEUs in the first nine months of the year.

Its chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said a highlight of the third quarter was hitting a record month volume of 518,355 TEUs in July.

This marks the first time the port has exceeded the 500,000th monthly TEU mark.

Meanwhile, one of two ports in Port Klang, Westports has allocated RM300 million as capital expenditure for expansion work.

It has started work on Container Terminal 6 that comprises an additional 300-meter berth, an additional 1,500 ground slots of yard space and four new quay cranes.

The new terminal is expected to be ready by the second quarter of 2011. This will increase the port's capacity to 7.5 million TEUs.

"More mega-sized vessels (12,000 TEUs and above) have started calling us. These developments mark a defining moment in our history and a significant leap forward as we forge ahead into our next phase of growth," added Ruben.

Westports handles 64 per cent of overall container volume at Port Klang and 43 per cents for local volume.
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