October 19, 2007
Southpoint touted to be region’s largest
The RM100 million major redevelopment of
Southpoint in Port Klang will transform the port into one of the largest
conventional cargo hub ports in the region to handle more non-containerised
Northport (Malaysia) Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Datuk
Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader said the redevelopment is aimed at serving not only
bigger ships but also a greater variety of cargo vessels.
"The expansion will provide a major boost to a growing variety of conventional
cargo traffic to be handled at Southpoint which is positioning itself as a
major regional hub port to handle more non-containerised trade," Basheer
told Bernama recently.
The port, formerly known as Southport, was traditionally used for regional
trading purposes and linked to smaller ports in Sabah, Sarawak, Indonesia,
Myammar and Vietnam.
According to him, the investment in Southpoint came after Klang Port Authority
(KPA) gave the greenlight to develop 8.8ha (22 acres) into a multipurpose yard
for value adding and storage activities, especially to cater the increased
traffic generated at the port.
This area is within the customs free zone of the port and includes land
occupied by Federal Flour Mills Bhd (FFM) and Felda.
The 4.2ha (10.5 acres) previously used by FFM will be developed as a storage
and cargo consolidation point as well as for value-adding activities, together
with the three acres (1.2ha) occupied by Felda.
Loose or breakbulk cargoes arriving from outlying ports in the region will be
consolidated or re-packaged here into containers for re-export or
transshipment, he said.
Basheer said the development at Southpoint - which involves the re-development
of three berths as well as expansion of landside storage capacity - will more
than double the present cargo handling capacity of Northport to about 14
Southpoint, which is operated by Northport Malaysia, has a capacity to handle
4.3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and is not only
strategically well-positioned but offers several key advantages as a
conventional cargo hub over others in the region.
The expansion will enable Southpoint to cope with heavier traffic movement and
the bigger general cargo ships that are expected to make their presence at the
Currently, Southpoint handles about three million tonnes of cargo a year, of
the total eight million tonnes a year at Northport.
Basheer explained that with Northport offering one of the most extensive spread
of shipping services in the region, Southpoint will be easily linked to more
than 250 ports worldwide.
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