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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Port Of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia

The Port of Tanjung Pelepas has recorded tremendous growth from its beginnings in 1999 to becoming South East Asia's fastest growing container terminal which in 2003 handled approximately 3.5 million TEUs.

PTP also offers over 1000 acres of commercial and industrial free zone. The excellent connectivity via road, rail, air or sea that PTP offers has been a major factor that has attracted companies like BMW, Schenker Logistics, Maersk Logistics and Kenwood Logistics to set up operations here.

PTP is now preparing to meet the demands of the future with the development of Phase II which comprises an additional 2.8 Km of linear wharf. The first 2 berths which are under construction will be completed by mid 2004. Upon completion of the 2 berths, PTP will have an annual capacity of 6 million TEUs.

Tanjung Pelepas Port lies at the mouth of the Pulai River on the southwestern shores of Peninsular Malaysia near the major shipping lanes in the Strait of Malacca. Johor Port Authority is responsible for managing the Tanjung Pelepas Port.

Tanjung Pelepas Port contains six berths, totaling 2160 meters with alongside depth of at least 15 meters, that can accommodate vessels to 115 thousand DWT. Tanjung Pelepas Port’s berths are positioned in naturally deep waters, and there is a wide approach channel. With a turning basin of 600 meters, the largest container vessels can move easily in and out of the port.

Just 45 minutes from the world’s busiest shipping routes and about 11 kilometers from the Port of Singapore and 40 kilometers from Johor Port, Tanjung Pelepas Port is well-positioned to perform both regional and worldwide transshipment and cargo distribution services.

Tanjung Pelepas Port is a world-class port that maintains state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. The container yard was designed to handle eight million TEUs of containerized cargo per year. Covering an area over 3.1 million square kilometers, Tanjung Pelepas Port contains ground slots for 29.8 thousand TEUs, four thousand reefer points, and storage capacity for 200 thousand TEUs.

Phase I of the Container Terminal at Tanjung Pelepas Port has six berths of 360 meters each with a dept of 15 meters. Phase II includes eight berths, each 360 meters, with alongside depths from 17 to 19 meters. The terminal is equipped with 36 quayside cranes and two mobile harbor cranes for fast and efficient container loading and unloading.

In 1998, Tanjung Pelepas Port was given Free Trade Zone status, and the Malaysian government appointed Tanjung Pelepas Port as a Free Zone Authority in 1999 with responsibility for administering both the Industrial Free Zone and the Commercial Free Zone.

The Pelepas Free Zone (PFZ) is located adjacent to the port and container terminal. Covering an area of about 404 hectares, the PFZ is divided into different areas for specific activities. About 161 hectares make up the Free Commercial Zone containing international procurement centers, regional distribution centers, and distribution services. The Free Commercial Zone is dedicated to distribution, logistics, and warehousing. The remaining 243 hectares are reserved for the Free Industrial Zone consisting of manufacturing industries.

Tanjung Pelepas Port is connected by road to Malaysia’s national highway network, with easy access to the Port of Singapore and Johor Port as well as central and northern Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand. Rail connections through the national rail grid provide access to southern Thailand, and efforts are underway to extend rail service to Yangon, Laos, and Cambodia. Tanjung Pelepas Port is conveniently located to two major airports: Senai Airport (about 25 minutes away) and Changi Airport (about 45 minutes away). Senai Airport is under development as an Air Cargo Hub.

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