Tripartite Partnership for Sustainable Seaports

MoU signed and exchanged

Johor Port Authority, MIGHT, and TNB Energy Services implements Sustainable Energy Program (SEP) at Johor seaport involving key technology applications

The Johor Port Authority (JPA), Malaysian Industry-Government group for High Technology (MIGHT) – and agency under the Prime Minister’s Department, and Tenaga Nasional Berhad Energy Services Sdn Bhd (TNBES) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sustainable Energy Programmes (SEP) to be implemented at Johor Seaports.

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Held in conjunction with the launch of Johor Port Conference 2019 and witnessed by the Transport Minister (MOT), Loke Siew Fook, the MoU spells out the partnership that the three parties will undertake in the effort to promote SEP. This initiative involves the implementation of key technology applications such as solar PV, Energy Efficiency (EE), and integration with Energy Management System of MAUVI for port and industrial tenants within the port ecosystem.

This is in line with the theme of the conference this year that is “Fostering the Wave of Digitalisation”.

Speaking at the event,” Loke commented, “Today ports in Malaysia are facing two fundamental challenges to remain relevant and to be at the forefront of global competition. One, is the creation of sufficient infrastructure capacity, either hard infrastructure like land roads and equipment or soft infrastructure especially human resource. Second, is how ports are adopting and transforming towards digitalisation, automation and sustainable development, all encompassed within the Smart Port concept. The speed with which ports adapt to these changes will determine their success story.”

Press conference with Ministry of Transport, Loke Siew Fook

Loke reassured the industry that MOT remains fully committed towards ports in Malaysia and a few initiatives was taken including the setting up of various working level committees, such as the national logistics task force and the National Shipping and Port Council. In addition, new policy decisions have been adopted in order to make doing business at Malaysian ports easier.

One of the most significant decisions made by the government was on the removal of the need for approved or import permits and licenses imposed on 54 goods stated under the First Schedule, Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2017 in Full Container load (FCL) containers that are on transshipment at Malaysia ports, mainly Port Klang and Port of Tanjung Pelepas.

Johor Port authority has taken many efforts in driving digitalisation initiatives in Johor and one of the initiatives is eGateway, the community based electronic marine single window system to facilitate ship and cargo clearance. The collaborative efforts on the digital agenda between all stakeholders will greatly facilitate conducting business in the ports here in Johor.