Malaysia: Future of Penang Depends on Dredging, Says PPSB MD
Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar, the Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB)’s managing director, stated that his biggest hope is to see the dredging of the port before his service term ends, reports The Malay Mail.
The future of Penang depends on the port and the deepening of the north channel to 14.5 metres ACD (approach channel depth) from the current 11.5 metres was crucial to attract more mainliners and larger vessels, said Ahmad, and added: “The Northern Corridor businesses depend on the port. The channel needs to be deepened to enable larger ships to come in and tap the inter-Asian business.”
On 1 January 1994, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, a company fully owned by the Minister of Finance, has taken over all facilities and services from the Penang Port Commission.
Penang Port is licensed by Penang Port Commission to operate, manage and maintain all port facilities and services.
It is structured to operate effectively and efficiently under the supervision of the Corporate Services Units (CSU) and Strategic Business Units (SBU).
Dredging Today Staff, January 6, 2012; Image: penangport