Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tg Langsat Port revamp on the cards

The former executive director of Johor Port, Abdul Khalid Khan Lal Khan, is set to lead a revamp of Tanjung Langsat Port (TLP), which will include the set-up of a free trade zone.

According to sources, Abdul Khalid will take over the running of TLP to make it a full-fledged container port that will tap the demand in Pasir Gudang.

Currently, TLP, now owned by Johor Corp, is operating as a private jetty. It was set up with the aim of making it the largest biodiesel hub in the world.

There are two other full-fledged container ports in Johor, which are Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) and Johor Port. While PTP is under-utilised, Johor Port is reportedly operating at full capacity.

A source said Abdul Khalid will give a briefing to TLP employees on December 20. He could not be reached for comment. Business Times was also not able to reach TLP managing director Mazlan Othman as he is understood to be on leave.

It was reported that Abdul Khalid was among those who opposed to the rationalisation plan involving PTP and Johor Port. He had left Johor Port early this year after being given the option to join PTP's parent MMC Corp Bhd or go on leave.

TLP is situated 12 nautical miles from the international shipping lane and only 50km away from Senai Airport. Its location within Iskandar Malaysia will also give positive impact to the port's development and growth in the future.

Its shoreline of 4.5km and draft of 12.8 metres is capable of accommodating between 5,000 dwt and 120,000 dwt vessels.

Last year, TLP, which has five liquid cargo berths, handled 28 liquid bulk ships or some 641,500 tonnes. 

Since its establishment in 1995, a total of RM550 million had been invested for infrastructure development within the 2,000-hectare industrial area.

TLP has also successfully concluded a land-lease agreement involving 32.4ha land within the port area to two multinational groups namely French group Asiaflex Products Sdn Bhd and Kiswire Ltd from South Korea and a local company, Johor Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd.

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