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Port Klang to handle 14m TEUs by year end, says transport minister

Port Klang is expected to handle 13.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers by the end of this year, which surpasses the achievement recorded in 2019, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said that in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the main port in Malaysia handled 13.6 million TEUs.

“As of Nov 30, 2021, Port Klang has handled a total of 12.69 million TEUs. With this performance, in another month, we will definitely create the best record for Port Klang, which is expected to (handle) 13.8 million TEUs,” he said at press conference and document handover ceremony for Section C (Northern Alignment) of the East Coast Rail Link here on Thursday (Dec 2).

Going forward, Wee said Port Klang needs to be further expanded to compete with other major ports in the region such as Singapore, which is expanding its port to accommodate a capacity of 65 million TEUs a year.

He said every year, Port Klang would have to increase its capacity by 1.5 million TEUs, which the additional capacity would not be enough to compete with its neighbouring port from the south.

Therefore, he said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) is looking to make Carey Island a maritime centre by placing a third port there.

“MOT has conducted a long study two years (ago) to make Carey Island a maritime centre, including how we want to make a third port there,” he said.
Source: The Edge Markets

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