LUMUT Maritime Terminal Sdn Bhd (LMT) has plans to expand the operations of Lumut Port over the next five years.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state wants to make the port bigger to handle more cargo and other operations. It is currently located on 405ha site in Seri Manjung,
“The current area has reached it maximum capacity.
“We have already identified another plot of land nearby to be developed for the port’s expansion,” he said during the port’s 20th anniversary on Monday.
Zambry said LMT is planning to enter new ventures apart from just handling cargo containers.
“LMT has been focusing on bulk cargo, now the company is planning to go into other areas.
“This could include the handling of clean cargo, shipments containing food items, rice, sugar or flour,” he said.
“I also suggested to them to diversify, allowing cruise ships to dock there,” he added. Zambry said he is proud of the achievements accomplished by the port’s management.
“They were only managing about 90,000 tonnes of cargo in the early days. Now, they are managing over 45 million tonnes.
“Despite being a sort of feeder port to other ports like Port Klang. It has vast potential,” he said, adding that the coastal area in Perak is the longest in the peninsular.
Zambry said LMT is also planning to create a new port in Hilir Perak.
“The company has had a series of discussions with international companies about collaboration, and the talks have been met with positive responses.
“Lumut Port can be a major container port for the state,” Zambry said.
“It would not be a stand-alone port but part of a network with existing ones along the coastal area in the state,” he added.
Zambry also said a new development area, called “Manjung 2” is being slowly developed.
“We have already started its development. It is being created due to the rapid development in Seri Manjung and we need to open up more land,” he said.
“We also have plans to create institutions of higher education institutions there. We will announce more on this later,” he added.