1995 target date for full use of Kuantan
By WONG JOON SAN
THE port of Kuantan, which has an annual total capacity of 5.1 million tonnes, hopes to achieve full use by next year.
According to Syam Binti Salam, planning assistant manager for the Kuantan Port Authority, the port - which started operations in 1984 - may even be able to achieve full use at certain berths much earlier.
The port, which is on the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula, has plans to build a liquid chemical berth of 240 metres by 1995.
It will also upgrade the general cargo berth with more productive equipment this year.
Mrs Syam said the port, which was built at a cost of M$434 million (about HK$1.2 billion), also had plans to expand its container facilities and container yard.
Under phase one, the port will develop 4.7 hectares for the yard by next year. It will then develop another 4.9 hectares by 2003 as part of phase two.
Kuantan will also build a dedicated container berth, which will be fitted with a sophisticated container crane by 2003.
With the expected rise in container throughput, the port plans to buy two units of multi-purpose slewing cranes between 1995 and 1997.
Mrs Syam said the port always monitored user needs and trade trends.
She said: ''To be more commercialised and flexible to satisfy client needs and peculiarity of the trade, the port can negotiate rates for the benefit of both parties.'' Kuantan provided various incentives to attract shipping lines to its berths including free storage of 49 days for export of timber, 14 days for export of general cargo, 60 days for export of cargo to new destinations, plus a reduction in the trans-shipment rate for crude palm oil.
In 1990, Kuantan handled 2,343 20-foot containers, 4,065 in 1991, 6,818 in 1992 and 9,681 in 1993.