GELANG PATAH – Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), a Member of MMC Group is the first port in Southeast Asia (SEA) to welcome the region’s tallest ship-to-shore quay cranes at its port.
The super post panama cranes, stand at a lifting height of 55.5 metres and weighing at 1,900 tonnes each. The four (4) new cranes form a part of the eight (8) cranes ordered by PTP, with the remaining four (4) cranes expected to be delivered by December.
Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP said that a series of equipment refurbishment and acquisition projects, with a value of RM500 million, have been executed by PTP to enable the port to create a new, full capacity berth to cater for mega vessels.
“By investing in state-of-the-art assets, we are further establishing our terminal as one of the best equipped and most technologically advanced terminal port in the region. This is to ensure that PTP progresses well with the rapid changes within the port and shipping industry and subsequently meet the growing customer demand.” he added. Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of PTP, shared that currently PTP is operating with 14 berths measuring five (5) kilometres of quay length. As the country’s largest transhipment hub, it is imperative for the port to increase its capacity to ensure future growth while still offering valuable business proposition to its clients.
“The new quay cranes will complement the 50 existing cranes in operation at PTP. Additionally, PTP has also acquired other terminal equipment such as 93 units of prime movers and 29 units of rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTG). In terms of infrastructure upgrading, two (2) berths will be upgraded to accommodate the new Triple E Cranes, whilst the capital dredging to deepen the channel is commencing, several key initiatives have also taken place accordingly.”
“With demographic changes and the increased globalisation as well as regional growth continue to drive the advance of container transport, the investments in port infrastructure, global supply and demand cycles have also created stiffer competition between ports especially across the SEA region. Our investment towards comprehensive upgrading, refurbishment and replacement of terminal capacity and equipment is therefore a true testament of our aspiration in becoming the preferred port of choice in the region.” he added.