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KUANTAN PORT TO BE EXPANDED TO CATER TO GROWING BUSINESS

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuantan Port will be expanded to cater to growing business, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Currently built on 486ha of land, he said the port was relatively small to handle the growing trade between the Malaysia–China Kuantan Industrial Park and the China–Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park in China.

“For now, we have identified a piece of 2,023ha land for the expansion plan,” Liow added.

The move, he said, was one of the efforts to prepare the port to receive more international cruises and cargo vessels in the future.

Other measures include the deepening of the port and the upgrading of its infrastructure.

Currently, a direct container line sails from Qinzhou Port in southern China to Kuantan Port thrice a month.

This was following the maiden voyage of cruise container ship MV Bei Bu Wan Zhi Xing, which arrived in Kuantan on Feb 13 with 284 passengers and crew.

Liow was speaking to reporters at the Chinese New Year celebration of the Malaysia–China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) here yesterday.

At the event, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang announced that MCCC president Datuk Bong Hon Liong had been invited to attend the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – a political advisory body of China – to be held on March 3.

“He will represent the Malaysian Chinese community to the meeting and this trip will help to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries,” said Dr Huang.

The chamber, said Bong, would continue to help non-Chinese businessmen tap into China’s market for the benefit of the country.

He also stressed on the importance of moderation, urging MCCC members to reject all forms of extremism to uphold the peace and harmony of the society.

Also present were Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, Malaysia–China Friendship Association president Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan and Malay Businessmen and Industrialist Association of Malaysia vice-president Datuk Naim Mohamad.

THE STAR | 1 MARCH 2015 |

IJM BAGS RM1.18BIL KUANTAN PORT PROJECT

KUALA LUMPUR: IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IJM Corp Bhd, has received a letter of award for a RM1.18bil contract from Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd (KPC).

The award was for the proposed design, construction and completion of New Deep Water Terminal Phase 1 at Kuantan Port, Pahang, for a period of 36 months, it said in a statement.

KPC is 62%-owned by Road Builder (M) Holdings Bhd, in turn a wholly-owned subsidiary of IJM.

THE STAR | 27 FEBRUARY 2015 |

KUANTAN PORT EXPANSION TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC TIES WITH CHINA

KUANTAN: The expansion of Kuantan Port into a deepwater port is expected to be completed by next year, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Once completed, the port will be able to accommodate Cape-sized vessels and post-Panamax container ships of up to 200,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT).

DWT is a measurement of how much weight a ship can safely carry, and the container part of the port could only handle ships of up to 35,000 DWT.

“By then, Kuantan Port will be able to handle 52 million freight weight tonnes of bulk and container cargo,” said Liow in his speech to welcome the first cruise-cum-container ship from China to dock here yesterday, marking a first for Malaysia as well.

“I am confident that the port expansion will further boost the levels of trade and tourism between Malaysia and China, in addition to strengthening economic, cultural and diplomatic relations,” said Liow.

The arrival of MV Bei Bu Wan Zhi Xing (The Star of Beibu Gulf) with 284 passengers and crew on its maiden voyage on the “Maritime Silk Route” marked a significant milestone in the history of Kuantan Port as well as economic and social ties with its sister port in Qinzhou, China.

Liow said Kuantan Port Consortium would be investing RM3bil to double the current capacity of Kuantan Port with a new deepwater terminal.

On its part, the Government will invest RM1bil to build a 4.7km breakwater at the port, one of the longest in the world, as well as upgrading external infrastructure to support the port expansion.

“Kuantan Port has made significant progress in its development, with 17 cruise ships making port calls last year.

“Cargo handling has increased from 126,548TEUs to 131,244TEUs, almost a 4% increase,” he said, adding that the port would play an integral role in Malaysia’s maritime industry by paving the way for Malaysia to welcome more cruise ships to dock here to promote tourism.

Liow said the opening of the shipping line signified that Kuantan had become a model city that represented the realisation of partnership between Malaysia and China in building a 21st century Maritime Silk Road.

He said the twinning between the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park and Kuantan Port with Qinzhou in the form of sister ports and sister cities would mutually benefit both nations.

“The cross-border trade between Kuantan and Qinzhou ports will result in rapid transformation and increase in investments for both the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) and China’s Guangxi Region,” he said.

THE STAR | 14 FEBRUARY 2015 |