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  24th Oct 2011 - STAR MARITIME

Tanjung Langsat Port to handle containers?

JOHOR 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.

A 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.

Johor 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.

“However, Johor Corp has recently received a directive from a third party to accept Abdul Khalil’s proposal,” added the source.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

In 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 hazardous cargo.

Many 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.

“Unlike TLP, Johor Port has no more room to expand its facilities due to limited land area,” added the source.

MMC 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.


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