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Wesports, OOCL offer direct services to Japan

2 AUGUST 2010, PORT KLANG - Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) last week jointly launched the KTX3 Service, which provides fast connectivity to Japan for Malaysian shippers.

The KTX3 service on the intra-Asia trade connects Westports with direct weekly services to the main ports in Japan namely Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe. Also in the loop is Keelung in Taiwan, Shekou and Hong Kong.

"With direct connectivity to Japan, we are now providing more options for our customers to send or receive cargoes to and from Japan. Westports is not only a long haul port, we have now closed the gap on intra-Asia coverage as we have increased our presence on these intra-Asia routes," Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said in a statement.

OOCL regional managing director Captain S.C. Chan said the service had been recently enhanced due to increasing customer demand in the region.

"We are excited of this extension of the KTX3 service to Westports as we believe the port has proven to be a highly productive port in the world, trusted with skilled workforce, reliability and security as well as a friendly port with its personalized services," said Chan.

In a separate statement, Westports announced that Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd had signed a long-term sub-lease agreement with the port for storing, supplying and distributing petroleum products.

The 14-year agreement would enable Shell to operate and manage liquid bulk cargo at Westports Liquid Bulk Terminal (LBT). Products that would be stored initially are diesel and petrol.

Ruben said Westports was proud to have one of the largest companies in the world operating at Westports LBT terminal.

"We are excited to have Shell Malaysia as one of our conventional clients. It certainly speaks volume of our strength, especially our strategic location to attract leading industries to undertake commercial activities at the port. Our conventional business will continue emphasising on productivity and vessel turnaround and further improve on our Fastport Standards," he said.

Source: The Star