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  27th December 2010 - STAR MARITIME

NCBT targets 2 million TEUs cargo in 5 years

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 berth.

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.


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