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  3rd January 2011 - STAR MARITIME

Westports handles more TEUs

KUALA LUMPUR: Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd handled 25% more 20ft equivalent units or 5.55 million TEUs last year compared with 4.45 million in 2009.

With this, the target of six million TEUs by 2011 was within its reach, Westports said in a statement yesterday.

Local import and export containers handled by Westports grew 22% while transshipment traffic increased 23%, reflecting a sharp recovery in both domestic and regional trade after experiencing a challenging period last year.

The port’s overall container market share in Port Klang stood at 64% while local volume garnered a 45% share.

Westports said it had made great strides in local volume, especially in the last two years. The port grew its volume from 1.2 million TEUs in 2009 to 1.5 million in 2010.

Both export and import boxes showed double-digit growth, reflecting Malaysia’s strong trade performance.

On the conventional business, nearly all activities showed positive growth over the same period last year. Total conventional volume achieved was 8.8 million tonnes with break bulk and dry bulk among the top earners.

Westports chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said: “Local and global trade activities rebounded in 2010, particularly on the container side amid improving economies worldwide.

“A lot of the work in 2010 showed a great sense of priority and there were many achievements, the highlight of which was the productivity rate of 734 moves per hour in March, which was a world record.” — Bernama


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