Westports aims to hit 5m teu mark
Westports Malaysia, the dominant operator at Malaysia"s Port Klang, is on course to handle more than 5m teu this year after seeing a 27% increase in box volumes in the first quarter.
Executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said: ?If we compare our first quarter figures with that of 2008, which had a stronger performance compared with the slower and weaker 2009, we have actually grown by 7% and this puts us on a stronger platform to achieve 5.2m teu for 2010.?
The terminal company, which handles 61% of Port Klang"s container throughput, said box volumes climbed to 1.2m teu between January and March, compared with 981,000 teu in the first quarter of 2009. By comparison, the firm handled almost 1.2m teu in the first quarter in 2008.
Mr Gnanalingam added: ?Looking forward, the outlook for 2010 will be generally better than in 2009. There has been an uptrend in Westports' throughput in past months and that could well be extended into the rest of the year.?
He pledged the company would expand its facilities at Port Klang once a throughput milestone had been reached.
?We will build a new 300m wharf when we hit 450,000 teu consecutively for three months. This would be followed by the acquisition of additional equipment and manpower. Our current capacity is 7.2m teu,? Mr Gnanalingam said.