JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 25 2018 : Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a member of MMC Group, became the first port in the world to depart a vessel with a final load of over 19,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
The milestone was accomplished on Aug 18 when Mumbai Maersk, one of shipping company Maersk’s second generation Triple-E vessel, left the port with the record load of 19,038 TEUs.
The vessel, deployed on the Asia-to-Europe Service (AE5) arrived from Shanghai, China, at PTP and is now en route to the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
PTP Chairman and MMC Group Managing Director Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh in a statement today remarked that this latest achievement is testament to the port’s commitment in providing best in class service for customers.
“As Malaysia’s leading port and logistics operator, we take pride in our ability to anticipate and understand the needs of customers, as well as our agility in adapting to the changes in the industry that we operate in, to stay ahead.
“As such, we are very proud of this significant milestone as it is only made possible by the passion and commitment of our employees and all parties involved,” he added.
Che Khalib said efficient planning and execution of container operations and good optimisation of resources was identified as the reasons behind the feat.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer Marco Neelsen said despite the robust conditions, PTP continued to witness a steady growth volume by delivering high efficiency in productivity and competitiveness.
“Various continuous investments and improvement activities have been successfully executed and are currently taking place.
“This is to ensure that we are able to achieve our target set forth for this financial year, and more importantly, to safeguard PTP’s position amongst the top transhipment hubs in the world,” he added.
PTP is currently embarking on an ongoing equipment acquisition, preventive maintenance initiatives and infrastructure upgrading programme worth over RM1.2 billion.
The programme includes the purchase of new quay cranes with spreaders, rubber-tyred gantries and prime movers, berth upgrading and the deepening of channel to accommodate the new generation of mega vesselS that will berth at PTP.
PTP recorded a total throughput volume of 8.4 million TEUs in 2017 and is projected to handle a total throughput target of 9 million TEUs this year. – Bernama