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Port of Tanjung Pelepas reaches 11m teu milestone

Port of Tanjung Pelepas reaches 11m teu milestone
PTP had handled 9.8m teu in 2020

The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has become the first container terminal in Malaysia to handle 11m teu in a calendar year, enjoying a 14% jump in throughput in 2021.

The hub, which is a joint venture between Malaysian firm MMC Group and APM Terminals, registered a total of 11.2m teu last year, hitting the 11m teu milestone when it handled the Maersk Amazon on Christmas Day.

Transport minister Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong said: “At the time when other ports around the world are still reeling from the impact caused by various business and operational issues due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, rising freight costs, port congestions, vessel blockages, equipment and manpower shortages and many more, PTP has shown great resilience in navigating through these challenges.

“The tremendous growth of PTP over the years has thus truly underlined the value of the maritime sector to Malaysia’s economic well-being and the importance of trade economy to the nation.”

Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, PTP Chairman, highlighted several strategic improvement initiatives and asset empowerment programmes as factors driving the growth.

In 2021, the operator upgraded its terminal footprint by upgrading its equipment fleet, utilising yard capacity, optimising systems and focusing on digitisation and automation efforts.

This programme included the procurement of more ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes as well as electrified rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) cranes and prime movers.

Noh added: “With the increase demand from our customers and our growth prospect, our primary focus now is to optimise our terminal footprint up to 15m teu in the coming years.”