KEMAMAN: Konsortium Pelabuhan Kemaman Sdn Bhd (KPK) has fully taken over the management of two parts of the Kemaman Port, effective Oct 1.
Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera, chairman of Eastern Pacific Industrial Corp (Epic), which owns 61% equity of KPK, said the takeover from Lembaga Pelabuhan Kemaman (LPK) involved the East Dockyard and the Liquid Chemical Berth (LCB) Terminal.
The takeover had been carried out over the last 12 years with the cooperation of Road Builder Holding Bhd, which holds 39% share equity in KPK, he said.
“The Kemaman Port had been administered as a government agency but now as a private company, we would be employing various ways to attract more new investors including offering specific incentives.
“The integration with Road Builder, which also has another port in Kuantan, allows KPK to use the facilities in Kuantan Port and Kemaman Port as joint resources,” he said yesterday after witnessing the handover of the port's operations by LPK general manager Datuk Khairul Anuar Abdul Rahman to KPK general manager Ahmad Nordin Abd Aziz.
Among the present permanent users of the port are Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd and Sea Sand Chemical Sdn Bhd, but the port's privatisation is expected to increase the number of new investors using the port.
Expected new users include Kemaman Bitumen Co (KBC), which is scheduled to complete the building of its factory at the Teluk Kalong Industrial Area here by early next year.
“Two million tonnes of cargo are expected to be handled via this port from KBC alone and this figure exceeds the amount of cargo that we have handled so far,” Mohamed said. The Kemaman Port is a deepwater harbour and can receive ships weighing 150,000 DWT and has the capacity to handle 14 million tonnes of cargo. Currently, it handles 10 million tonnes of cargo.
On KPK's financial performance, Mohamad said it was expecting to hit revenue of RM22mil and net profit of RM4mil next year.
Besides the East Dockyard and the LCB Terminal, there are three more terminals at the Kemaman Port: the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Terminal handled by Petronas, Kemaman Supply Base operated by Pangkalan Bekalan Kemaman Sdn Bhd and the West Dockyard managed by Road Builder. – Bernama
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