Thursday, August 6

Samalaju Industrial Port sees 17 pct increase in cargo in 2019

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Mohammad Medan (centre) is seen during a photo call for the handover of the machinery.

BINTULU: Samalaju Industrial Port (SIP) managed 4.940 million tonnes of cargo last year, an increase of 17 per cent compared to 4.221 million tonnes in 2018.

Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad (BPHB) group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah said it was an exciting development for the operations of the deep sea port.

SIP began its first cargo business on June 1, 2017.

The port has grown with the export and import of industrial plant products from Samalaju Industrial Park including major industrial products such as alumina oxide and silica quartz.

“This year, we at SIP expect to handle more cargo business especially as a result of the industrial surge in industrial areas located within the Sarawak Renewable Energy Project (SCORE) area,” he said during the handing over of four JCB Excavators Heavy Equipment from Trac-Wheels (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to SIP yesterday.

He said the machinery would facilitate cargo handling at the port and day-to-day operations.

“For the record, SIP has three excavator units in use over the last five years, with the addition of four units of the same machinery that will make it a port equipped with efficient and modern cargo handling equipment,” he said.

He thanked and congratulated Trac-Wheels (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for supplying the machinery within the specified time.

Among those present were Trac-Wheels (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Richard Song Swee Jin, SIP chief operating officer Matshalleh Mohamad Etli, and Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Yusof Ibrahim.