File image of the port of Penang. – Picture by KE Ooi
GEORGE TOWN, June 26 – Congestion in the country’s ports, particularly the Port of Penang, is under control during the first phase of the complete shutdown of the economic and social sectors.
Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said that cargo and container handling for non-essential items will be carried out during this period, namely on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the 18th country, particularly Penang Port.
“The situation in Penang Port is under control, the total shipyard usage is still below 50 percent.
“The release permit can help the players in the port industry to avoid multiple losses and, in addition to the container rental, which is borne by the shipping companies, to save costs for freight and container storage in ports,” he said in a statement here today.
He said that since government approval, Penang Port has handled cargo and container handling four times, including a container export of 6,122 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and a container import of 5,268 TEU, while cargo throughput was 28,015 freight weight tonnes (FWT ) for freight import and zero for freight export.
“Container management includes containers imported by manufacturers in the Northern Zone and containers exported to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Qingdao, China via Port Klang,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tan hoped everyone involved would work together and work with the government to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“PPC will always assist all parties in supporting the port sector in line with its role as port authority for Penang Port,” he said. – Bernama