GEORGE TOWN: The North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) is
targeting to handle two million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) of
cargo in five years from one million TEUs currently.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the achievement of handling one
million TEUs of cargo recently, NBCT Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB)
acting chief operating officer Obaid Mansor said he was optimistic
about the target.
“When the Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP)
is completed in 2013, the volume of cargo handled at NBCT would also
increase,” he said.
According to Obaid, the dredging exercise in the North Channel,
which is expected to start work early next year, would deepen the
North Channel to 14.5m from the present 11.5m.
This would allow larger vessels to berth at NBCT and more cargo to
be handled at NBCT, Obaid said.
“The RM300mil budget has been approved for the dredging. We are
waiting for it to be released,” he added.
The NBCT capacity to handle container cargo has now doubled to two
million TEUs per year starting with the recently completed 600m
This year NBCT expects to handle over 1.1mil TEUs of container
cargo, compared with 958,476 TEUs in 2009, Obaid said.
He said the cargo handled at NBCT came from the hinterland in the
northern region, which comprised manufactured consumer products,
rubber goods, and automotive parts.
Also present was PPSB chairman Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, who
launched the function.