Major Ports of Malaysia
(24 July 2004)
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Malaysia's location at the southern tip of mainland
Asia puts it right in the middle of the sea route between the East and
the West. That makes it a strategic port of call for ships plying the
trade route. To fulfill the ever expanding merchant marine
requirements, Malaysia has developed a number of modern and
well-equipped ports along its coast.
Bintulu Port Authority was established on 15th August
1981 under the Bintulu Port Authority Act 1981. It was given the
responsibilities for the development, administration, marketing and
supply of a complete and efficient port, with the vision to establish
Bintulu Port into the biggest and most efficient transportation and
distribution center within the BIMP EAGA network. Bintulu Port started
its operation on 1st January 1983. The Bintulu Port Authority is a
Federal Statutory Body under the Ministry of Transportation of
Northport (Malaysia) Bhd operates the largest
multi-purpose port facility in Malaysia providing a comprehensive
range of port services to meet the individual needs of its customers.
Its real time smart information system is designed to guarantee
operational and cost efficiency, offering faster vessel turnaround
time. Apart from offering feeder services to neighbouring countries,
Northport has also increased its connectivity to worldwide ports
including China, Asia, United States, the Mediterranean and Europe,
making it one of the most important hub ports in the Asian region.
Northport, the first mainline port of call eastbound on the
Europe-Asia leg and last port of call westbound on the Asia-Europe
leg, handled 5,527 container vessels, including the world's largest
container vessel afloat, in 2003.
Johor Port, a major international gateway of Malaysia
located at Pasir Gudang on the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. It
is a modern port that is professionally managed and comprehensively
equipped to efficiently handle all manner of cargoes and vessels of
today's world maritime trade. The Port is linked to all parts of the
nation by a comprehensive system of expressways and also by a rail
network linked to the national grid which makes for easy access to
other parts of the nation. The Port is located in a Free Zone which
gives it a distinct business advantage.
The establishment of Kuantan Port was initiated by the
late Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia. It was
conceived to be the catalyst for the development of the East Coast of
the Peninsular. The port started operating in 1980 with four docks and
with a capacity to handle 3.2 million tons of cargo a year. It reached
full operational status on 1st January 1984. The port continued its
development process, and in 2004, with 15 docks, it has the capability
of up to 15.1 million tons of cargo annually.
Kota Kinabalu Port
Kota Kinabalu Port has 12 berths, each of which can
accommodate vessels of 16,000 displacement tonnes. The port has three
warehouses and five open storage areas available for general cargo and
containers. It is equipped with modern handling equipment.
"Stevedoring" and round the clock security services are provided.
Penang Port is located along the North-West of
Peninsular Malaysia and is one of the leading ports in Malaysia.
Serving one of the busiest trade routes in the region, Penang Port
links Malaysia - the world's 13th largest exporter nation - to more
than 200 ports worldwide through a network of shipping services.
Its strategic location makes it the choice of vessels
sailing east bound or westbound. Overlooking the major shipping lanes
in the Straits of Malacca, the Port is rapidly emerging as the gateway
to the expanding trade opportunities under the
Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle and the dynamic
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