Port Klang Can Move Up To 11th In World Container League: Liow
November 15, 2016 15:16 PM
PORT KLANG, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- The Transport Ministry is confident that Port Klang's 11.3 per cent growth in container volume in the third quarter of this year could help improve the port's World Container League ranking from 12th to 11th position, said Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said Port Klang, comprising Northport and Westport, is becoming more competitive, steadily recording double-digit growth in TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of cargo handled over the past 10 months.
"We hope we can move our position from 12th in the World Container League to 11th with the increase of TEUs going through Port Klang.
"I am happy to see the able leadership of Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha in the Port Klang Authority (PKA), to push forward our competitiveness in Port Klang," he told a press conference after launching the Westport Bunkering Services (WEBS) facility here today.
Liow said Port Klang's strategic alliance with many ports in China could further boost its competitiveness.
On another note, Liow said he had written to the Finance Ministry not to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.
"To those bringing goods and exporting without entering Malaysia, it is considered offshore services, they do not need to pay GST, unless the product enters Malaysia," he said.
On the event today, Liow said the WEBS facility launched by WEBS Oil Hub Sdn Bhd supplies bunkers or fuel for propulsion and power generation for ships calling at Port Klang.
The minister appluaded WEBS Oil Hub's collaboration with PetroChina, an internationally reputed oil giant, as its strategic partner to enhance bunkering services for vessels plying the Strait of Melaka.
"We see there are foreign ships offering ship-to-ship (STS) bunkering services here (Port Klang) and we will ensure no such approval is given to foreign ships.
"We want the local facilities to be used to provide bunkering services to all ships plying the Strait of Melaka," he said.
Meanwhile, PKA Chairman Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha expressed confidence Port Klang, which handled about 9.8 million TEUs in the third quarter of this year, will handle more than 12.5 million TEUs by year-end.