KUALA LUMPUR: Westports Holdings Bhd expects to handle an all-time record of more than 10 million twenty-foot equivalents (TEUs) of containers this year.
Westports, which celebrates its 25th year, said in a statement yesterday that it expected container throughput to register a double-digit percentage growth rate over 2018.
“The foundation for further growth in the coming decades is being established as Westports finalises the layout design for the expansion of its container terminal facilities and also building additional wharves for the conventional segment, ” it said.
These expansions would further reinforce the excellence of Westports’ terminal facilities.
Over the 25 years, it has handled a cumulative total of more than 110 million TEUs of container throughput and 250 million tonnes of many types of conventional cargo – by weight, the total shipments handled is more than 1.3 billion tonnes.
Westports’ sterling growth has made Port Klang to be one of the main transhipment hubs in South East Asia for major international container shipping companies and alliances.
“As the fastest-growing and also by far the biggest terminal, Westports also became the pre-eminent port for the nation’s gateway economic trade, ” it said.
Westports group managing director Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said Westports has been the fastest-growing terminal at Port Klang over the past 25 years.
“At this historical milestone year in 2019, we expect to contribute about 80% to Port Klang’s overall container volume as Westports should handle a record of more than 10 million TEUs.
“We should be able to achieve a double-digit percentage growth rate in 2019 over the previous year based on our current growth momentum, ” he said.
Ruben said Westports was finalising the layout design for the expansion of its container terminal facilities and also additional wharves for the conventional business segment.
“These expansions would pave the way for significant further growth in the coming decades as we serve our customers, international container shipping alliances and local logistics stakeholders, ” he said.