Westports seals long-term deal with China Shipping
China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd (CSCL) would continue to make Westports Malaysia in Port Klang its mega trans-shipment hub in Southeast Asia.
This was following the signing of a long-term Terminal Service Agreement between Westports and CSCL in Shanghai on December 7.
"CSCL will be deploying 14,000 20-ft equivalent units (TEUs) vessels from first-quarter next year as our 17m natural deep sea port is their preferred port of call.
"We have been constantly improving the productivity rate on their vessels. Our skilful workforce and state-of-the-art port facilities are ready to handle these growing sizes of container vessels, Westports chief executive officer Ruben Gnanalingam said in a statement yesterday.
CSCL, a division of China Shipping Group, is currently the second largest customer at Westports, after French Liner, CMA CGM.
Westports is expected to handle some 600,000 TEUs for CSCL this year, including the group's Feeder Liner - Puhai Shipping, Westports said.
"Westports had given excellent service and we are confident of growing further in the next decade," deputy managing director of CSCL Zhau Hongzhou said.
Zhau also expressed happiness with the agreement saying it reflected the strong bond of friendship and growing trade volume between both Malaysia and China.
Westports staff proved that productivity is the core objective of business by setting yet another benchmark for a China Shipping vessel in March this year.
They hit a crane productivity of 734 moves in a single hour of operations with nine-crane deployment. This feat was performed while working on CSCL Pusan, a 9,600 TEUs vessel.