Friday, August 12, 2011

Westports increases prime movers to 334 units

KUALA LUMPUR: Westports Malaysia has increased its total number of prime movers to 334 after it received 55 prime movers as part of the port's on-going expansion program to cater for container volume growth.

In a statement Friday, Aug 12, Westports said the prime movers were supplied by Cargotec Terminal Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Westports chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said the arrival of the new 55 prime movers was part of the original order of 90 units from Cargotec.

'We have been assured that the remainder will be delivered by September this year.

'Westports has now embarked on an expansion path in building capacity. It is also in line with the port's policy of being a supply-driven port,' he said.

Ruben said Westports had almost completed works on the first 300-meter for Container Terminal 6 and it's scheduled to be operational by mid-September this year.

The reclamation of 11 million cubic feet required for CT6 to CT9 is also well on schedule and Phase 1 will be completed by end of this year, he said.

'The port will then concurrently continue with the CONSTRUCTION [] of another 900-meter of quay length. These new Terminals will have an additional 11 cranes and is capable of handling 18,000 TEU vessels.

'This facility will be ready by mid 2013 at which point Westports will have 4.6 kilometers of quay length and 54 cranes, allowing a capacity of 9 million TEUs,' he said.

Ruben also said Westports was on target to achieve its container volume of 6.3 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) this year.

The port's volume for the first half of the year stood at 3.09 million TEUs ' a 17% increase compared with 2.65 million TEUs during the same period last year, he said.




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