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Ports Of Pasir Gudang And Tanjung Pelepas Aim To Handle 9.5 Million Teus This Year
July 13, 2017 16:33 PM

JOHOR BAHRU, July 13 (Bernama) -- The PasirGundangPort and TanjungPelepasPortare on trackto achieve their target of handlingcontainer volumeof 9.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units(TEUs) this year.

JohorPort Authority (JPA) General Manager Muhammad Razif Ahmadsaid both ports, which werebeing managed by the JPA, recorded container volume of9.2 millionTEUsin 2016.

"As atJune 2017,cargo handling at thePasirGudangPort rose 5.42 per cent to423.493 TEUsfrom401,721 TEUsover the same period last year," he told reporters at an Aidilfitriopen househosted by the JPA here, today.

Also present was JPA Chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli.

On the TanjungPelepasPort, Ahmad Razifsaid although there was a fourper cent decrease incargo handling,he wasoptimisticthat the port would meet its target by year-end.

The Tanjung PelepasPort recorded 4.14 million TEUs as atJune 2017 compared with4.31 TEUs over the same period last year, he said.

"Going by the increasing trend in cargo handling at the port since April 2017, I am confident that the Tanjung Pelepas Port will meet its target by year-end," he added.

On the recent case of military radar equipment worth millions of ringgitwent missing at Tanjung Pelepas, Razif said the JPA had given full cooperation tothe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and welcomed any proposal that would help enhance its standard operating procedure.

Urging the results of theprobe to be made public, he said, "We do notwant to the matter to remain unresolved. The incident was a wake-up call to the authorities concerned."

Ahmad Razifreiterated that the container storingthe radarequipment did not go missing, instead it safely arrived at its destination.

Inareport on June 29, a localEnglish daily claimed that a container laden with military radar equipment worth millions of ringgiten route from Australia tothe Netherlandswent missing at the port while in transit.

The container was allegedly detained by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department while awaiting the necessary documents required by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

The department's Director-GeneralDatuk T Subromaniamdenied that the container was missing and asserted that the cargo had indeed arrived at the Port of Rotterdam and delivered to its destination in the Netherlands.

-- BERNAMA

 
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