Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) registered a record throughput of 9.8 million TEUs in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, beating its record set in 2019
The container port last year procured additional quay cranes and electrified rubber-tired gantries to improve its container handling capacity
Last December, PTP handled 967,783 TEUs, setting a record for most containers handled in a single month, beating its previous record set in November 2020.
Malaysia’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) registered a record-breaking throughput of 9.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic uncertainties.
The record volume represents an increase of more than 8.0% from the 9.1 million TEUs recorded in 2019, according to PTP, a joint venture between Malaysian-based MMC Group and The Netherlands-based APM Terminals.
PTP said that to improve its container handling capacity, it invested more than MYR700 million (US$173 million) last year to procure additional eight quay cranes and 10 electrified rubber-tired gantries, and to dredge the navigation channel to accommodate ultra-large container vessels.
It explained that the throughput growth derived from a surge in transshipment volumes. After a challenging second quarter in 2020, PTP performed better in the second half of last year due to an upsurge in volume amid the reopening of countries’ borders and the revival of global trade.
Last December, PTP posted another milestone by handling a total of 967,783 TEUs, a record for a single month, beating the port’s previous best of 922,800 TEUs set in November 2020.
In accomplishing this, the port also achieved the highest moves in a single shift with a total of 12,411 moves (19,984 TEUs), surpassing its previous record of 11,430 moves (18,059 TEUs) in a shift.
Photo courtesy of Port of Tanjung Pelepas