Cargo throughput rises at Kuching
MALAYSIA'S Kuching Port recorded a 3.4 per cent increase in cargo throughput during the first half of this year to 1.59 million tonnes from the same period last year.
Exports increased to 385,992 tonnes from 322,757 tonnes while imports were marginally down from 1.21 million tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes, Kuching Port said in its monthly cargo review Suara Kuport.
On the performance of the various terminals, Kuching Port said cargo volume passing through its Pending, Biawak and Sejingkat wharves was up during the first half, but cargo shipments via Tanah Puteh and other landing places were down.
Some 859,490 tonnes of cargo were exported and imported via Pending between January and June, compared with 788,475 tonnes during the same period last year.
The number of containers handled by the terminal shot up to 21,257 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) during the period from 19,533 TEUs previously.
Shipments through Biawak totalled 291,496 tonnes during the first half of this year, up from 238,322 tonnes during the first six months last year.
Goods handled at Sejingkat increased to 36,939 tonnes from 31,425 tonnes during the same period last year.
Cargo shipped at Tanah Puteh fell to 138,321 tonnes from 169,739 tonnes during the first half last year.
Shipments at other landing places dropped to 290,775 tonnes from the previous 305,536 tonnes.
The number of ships calling at Kuching Port during the first half was 952, with a total of 2.12 million gross registered tonnes (grt), as compared with 1,002 with 2.14 million grt during the same period last year. Business Times, Malaysia