BARU: Plans are underway to turn Tanjung Langsat Port (TLP) in Pasir
Gudang into a containerised cargo port thus giving port users
another alternative port of choice.
source familiar with the port operations in Johor said with the
former Johor Port chief executive officer Abdul Khalid Lal Khan now
helming TLP, the plan to convert the port into a containerised port
would soon be realised.
Corp, the parent company of Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd, which
operates TLP, had turned down a proposal by Abdul Khalil early this
year, to turn TLP into a containerised port.
Johor Corp has recently received a directive from a third party to
accept Abdul Khalil’s proposal,” added the source.
source told StarBiz that with the support of a “strong influencial
third party,” it is likely that TLP would be getting a licence to
handle the containerised cargo operation.
Johor Port Authority (JPA) is mandated with the issuance of licences
for all privatised ports in Johor but the source said TLP would
likely get its licence straight from the Transport Ministry.
JPA is the regulatory body for the privatised port operations in
Johor and any decision to build a new port or issuance a new license
would only be made by the Federal Government.
June, the JPA said that TLP would not be turned into a containerised
cargo port to reduce congestions at Johor Port as the two ports are
close to each other. TLP is located about 15km from Johor Port in
Pasir Gudang and the former currently handles liquid petroleum and
parties, especially port users, exporters and manufacturers based in
Pasir Gudang, had suggested turning TLP into a containerised cargo
port following the congestion in Johor Port.
TLP, Johor Port has no more room to expand its facilities due to
limited land area,” added the source.
Corp Bhd, which controls both Johor Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas
(PTP), had in 2009, proposed to consolidate and rationalise the
operations of the two ports.