Malaysia: Westports Plans Big Investments to Improve Port Capacity
Executive Chairman of the Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Mr. Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam, has unveiled the RM3.18 billion investment plan which includes the expansion project to further improve the port’s capacity.
“This expansion plan includes the 160ha (400 acres) land reclamation project expected to be completed by next year and the construction of four container terminals slated for completion in 2016,” stressed Gnanalingam.
“We already have five container terminals now. The sixth terminal is under construction and we will move to seventh (terminal) next year, eighth and ninth (terminal). We have four more terminals to complete,” he added.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, and Public Private Partnership Unit Fund Section director, Raja Muhammad Azhan Shah Raja Muhammad, were present at the signing ceremony.
“This is a success that all of us should be proud of. We should not be satisfied (with what we’ve achieved so far), instead we should strive to do more using our strategic assets that we have to scale greater heights in this transport hub.”
“To do this, we have to reclaim land, make dredging and etc. With government assistance, facilities at Westports can be expanded and we can get revenue from ships using the facilities,” concluded Gnanalingam.
Dredging Today Staff, February 21, 2012; Image: westportsmalaysia