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Westports H1 container throughput rises 17pc

14 JULY 2008 - Container throughput at Westports in Port Klang rose 17 per cent in the first six months of this year.

It achieved 2.45 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) compared with 2.08 million TEUs during the same period last year.

The port is on track to achieve its projected volume of five million TEUs this year.

This healthy volume growth gives Westports a market share of 62 per cent in Port Klang. The January-June performance also indicated a growth of 25 per cent for local boxes, which gave Westports a 45 per cent overall market share at Port Klang. In June alone, Westports commanded a share of 47 per cent.

Additionally, Westports' throughput for the month of June reached its highest to-date with a volume of 435,000 TEUs.

"The strong growth by our lines was fuelled by new services which link the East to Europe, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent as well as intra-Asia trade," Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said in a statement.

"Notably, two of our lines, namely Yang Ming and TS Line, posted 300 per cent growth, while other lines chartered double-digit growth for local volume."

"We are confident that the current buoyant performance will enable us to handle a total of five million TEUs this year. The momentum is likely to continue in the second half of the year as we have confirmed five more services coming in the next two months, which should add connectivity to Malaysian shippers for the export of boxes through Westports," said Ruben.

On the port expansion, Ruben pointed out that Westports has completed a 300m wharf, with another 300m scheduled for completion by September this year, bringing its total berth length to 3,200m.

"Additionally, we are also taking delivery of three Super Post-Panamax quay cranes this month and another three in September," he added.

Source: New Straits Times