Malaysia’s Tanjung Pelepas on its way to becoming a top SEA port
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Malayrisa’s Johor Bahru, aims to become a leading port in the region.
The 20-year-old port, once a fishing village, is the brainchild of the current Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The nonagenarian wants the port to compete with Singapore’s ports and free trade zones.
PTP, a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, is Malaysia’s most advanced container terminal, with the capacity to handle up to 12.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually.
The port is situated on the eastern side of the mouth of the Pulai River in South-West Johor, 45 minutes from the confluence of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. It has 14 linear berths totalling more than 5 kilometres.
The terminal is equipped with 58 Super Post Panamax cranes, 16 of which have a 24-box outreach catering for the next generation of Triple E size vessels. These cranes also have twin-lift capability to further enhance productivity. PTP’s current average berth productivity for mainliner vessels stands at 100 moves per hour minimum.
Prakash Thurairasasingam, PTP’s head of commercial division, told Khmer Times that the port is well connected to key ports in Cambodia via the Gulf Of Siam as well as the East and West Straits.
“We also provide marine services and free zone opportunities,” said Mr Thurairasasingam, noting that the port is able to handle some of the world’s biggest vessels.
With two free zones and 41 operators, PTP will be one of the busiest in the region in the next 10 years, Mr Thurairasasingam believes. He said it will be comparable with the Shanghai Port.
“We are starting free zones 3 and 4 now,” he said, noting that these zones will make the port even more competitive.
MMC also owns Pasir Gudang port but Mr Thurairasasingam says there is no need to worry about competition between the ports as each has different strengths.
Source: Khmer Times