Its vessel, Cap San Marco (9,600 TEU), one of 12 units between 8,500 and 9,600 TEU deployed in the South America Service (ASIA 2), called at Westports Malaysia for the first time on 20th July.
Westports Malaysia began container operations with 19,000 TEUs in 1996 and handled 6.9 million TEUs last year. It is one of the two terminal operators in Port Klang which last year was the 12th busiest container port in the world. Westports commanded 70% of the total volume of containers handled at the port.
In a company press release, CEO, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, said: “The maiden call of Cap San Marco is another historical moment for us as this marks the beginning of our long-term partnership with Hamburg Sud.”
Westports Malaysia is expanding in anticipation of the volume growth from its new 600 metre long Container Terminal 7 (CT7). When complete this will increase Westports’ overall handling capacity from 9.5 million TEUs to 11 million TEUs.
The new berth is specifically designed to be capable of handling an 18,000 TEUs vessel. In line with the terminal expansion of Westports and its volume growth, the Government has also given its commitment in deepening the South Channel and widening the current access roads.
The ASIA 2 service will see Westports Malaysia further expanding its service coverage between South America and Far East, improving the delivery time and connectivity for cargo shipped via the port.