Johor Port Berhad (JPB), a Member of MMC Group achieved another milestone by handling a record volume of 1.0 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) of Containers in 2019, an improvement of 10.5% over the previous year’s volume of 0.9 million TEUs, which was also a record volume then.
The celebration was officiated by Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport Malaysia, with an audience of approximately 300 guests from the Port Authority, various Government Agencies, shipping lines and cargo owners.
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Loke Siew Fook in his speech praised Johor Port for taking proactive measures to overcome its various constraints over the years especially in terms of navigational constraint and has since grown to become the Premier Southern Gateway Multi-Purpose Port in Malaysia.
“Johor Port is already designated as an approved delivery point under some international commodity exchanges such as LME, CME/KLCE and APEX. As a full-fledged multipurpose port and with its wide shipping connectivity, I would also encourage Johor Port to develop as a trading centre and cargo transhipment hub. It should be a natural progression for Johor Port to be a regional cargo hub, leveraging on its strategic location being within 2.5 hours from the commodities market. Developing Malaysian ports into RDCS is also the aspiration of the government. It is towards this end that I have taken the initiative to waive the A.P requirement for some of the soft commodities entering and transiting in our free zone ports,” he added.
“This achievement can be attributed to several key factors which include overall improvement in the container handling productivity, equipment reliability, better communications and information sharing with our customers individually or through associations,” said Dato’ Sri Che Khalib bin Mohamad Noh, Chairman of Johor Port Berhad and Group Managing Director of MMC Corporation Berhad.
Since its establishment in 1977, Johor Port has facilitated the export-led economic growth of more than 28 industrial areas in Johor State by providing excellent Container Terminal services to the Container shipping industry and the Export/Import community in Pasir Gudang, Tanjung Langsat and surrounding hinterland including Singapore and nearby Indonesian islands.
Johor Port has also contributed to Johor’s position as an important Gateway in the Southern region and a key logistics hub within the intra-Asia region.
Johor Port will continue in striving to transform and propel itself to even greater heights, and to build a resilient culture that will stand the test of time.
Moving forward, Johor Port has put in place a Port Re-Development Plan to improve the performance of its terminals, including various productivity improvement and equipment upgrading initiatives. Johor Port will continue to invest in ensuring that the Port becomes even more efficient in order to meet the needs of its customers and that Johor Port remains as the Premier Southern Gateway Multi-Purpose Port.