PORT Klang is the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. Known during colonial times as Port Swettenham, it was renamed Port Klang in July 1972, and remains the largest port in the country.
Located about 6km southwest of the town of Klang, and 38km southwest of Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang currently consists of the Northport, Westport, and South Point (or the original part of Port Klang that was formerly called South Port).
Northport and Westport are both privatised entities, which are regulated by the Port Klang Authority (PKA), which is also in charge of South Point.
According to PKA chairman, Datuk Chong Sin Woon, PKA has a good land bank around the area, making Port Klang well placed to grow over the next 20 to 30 years.
“We have the capacity, and we want the efficiency to catch up. Over the long term, we want to be more than just a container port, as we wish to be multipurpose by having a slice of the servicing, bunkering, maintenance, and shipyard businesses, ” said Chong, who added that the grand vision is to turn Pulau Carey and surroundings into a port city.
“”It will be a place where people live there, supported by educational, industrial, and other infrastructure to the extent of transforming southern Klang Valley. At the same time, PKA must have an idea of how to utilities its existing land bank.
"We have done a study on Southpoint, the oldest part of Port Klang. No doubt, there are still factories at South Point, but when we start the Pulau Carey project, we should look at how to redevelop South Point, which sits at the heart of Klang Town.
“If we have a idea on how to turn the place into a harbour city, we will have a catalyst to change Klang as a whole by transforming it into a modern, clean, harbour city. PKA has about 40ha (100 acres) of land there, part of it currently under the North Port concession.
"I’ve spoken to North Port on the matter. In five to ten years, there should be a good plan for Port Klang that will benefit Selangor, and possibly elevate Klang into the league of beautiful port cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Qingdao, and Shanghai.”