throughput up 17%
WESTPORTS Malaysia Sdn Bhd
container throughput rose 17% in the first six months of this year
against the same period last year.
The port achieved 2.45 million
20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first half of this year
compared with 2.08 million TEUs last year.
Westports said in a statement the
figure reflected the plan to achieve its projected volume of five
million TEUs this year was on track. This healthy volume growth
gives Westports a market share of 62% in Port Klang.
The January-June performance also
indicated a growth of 25% for local boxes, which gave Westports a
45% overall market share at Port Klang.
Westports’ throughput for June
reached its highest to-date with a volume of 435,000 TEUs.
Executive director Ruben Emir
Gnanalingam said the achievement showed everyone’s support.
“We noticed robust growth in our
“The strong growth by our lines is
fuelled by new services which links the East to Europe, Middle East,
the Indian sub-continent as well as intra-Asia trade.
“Two of our lines, Yang Ming and TS
Line posted a 300% growth while other lines chartered double digit
growth for local volume,” he said.
The port’s gate operation is also
facilitating faster turnaround time of about 20 minutes.
Westports is trying to further
improve this by adding four more way-bridges for export purposes,
which should be ready by the third quarter.
“We are confident the current
buoyant performance will enable us to handle five million TEUs this
“The momentum will be continued in
the second half of the year as we have confirmed five more services
coming in the next two months which should add connectivity for
local shippers to export boxes through Westports,” Ruben said.
He also said Westports had
completed a 300-metre wharf, with another 300 metres scheduled for
completion by September, bringing its total berth length to 3,200
“We are also taking delivery of
three super post-Panamax quay cranes this month and another three in
September,” he said.