DP World and Sabah Ports set to manage SBCP

DP World and Sabah Ports set to manage SBCP

DP World has established a partnership with Malaysia’s Sabah Ports Sdn. Bhd to manage Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP).

The agreement was signed by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Datuk Ng Kiat Min, Managing Director for Sabah Ports Sdn. Bhd.

With this partnership, DP World aims to support efforts currently underway to increase SBCP’s container handling capacity from 500,000 TEU to 1.25 million TEU by 2025.

Investments will also be made to optimise terminal workflows, accelerate digitalisation for greater operational efficiency, and increase the port’s connectivity.

In the long run, the vision of the collaboration is to improve landside and seaside connectivity throughout Sabah, reduce transit costs and time, and raise performance standards across the state’s entire supply chain.

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Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “With its strategic location and abundance of natural resources, Sabah is well-positioned to reap the immense growth opportunities in the BIMP-EAGA region and beyond.

“Sapangar Bay Container Port plays a critical role in realising these ambitions. We are honoured to bring our experience in operating ports, to support SBCP’s transformation journey. 

“In partnership with Sabah Ports, we will apply industry-leading practices to elevate SBCP into a hub port for BIMP-EAGA markets, supported by an ever-growing network of inland container depots, industrial parks, logistics parks and free zones across Sabah.”

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Datuk Ng Kiat Min, Managing Director for Sabah Ports Sdn. Bhd., said: “Sapangar Bay Container Port is an important driver of development in Sabah.

“As we consider the future of SBCP, we are pleased to have onboard a partner like DP World who will lend their global expertise in managing ports and building supply chain networks to help optimise SBCP’s operations, which in turn will catalyse increased trade through Sabah and benefit communities and businesses around the state.

“The synergy with DP World can potentially address the challenges of high logistics cost faced in Sabah, through the establishment of a strong shipping network and expansion of cargo base. 

“The venture is expected to not only impact Sabah’s shipping and logistics industry but will also lead to economic growth in view of market confidence, thus attracting economic investments and infrastructural upgrades in transport, logistics and along the supply chain.”

Earlier this week, DP World launched a new Air Tracking feature to its SeaRates platform to provide cargo owners with real-time visibility across the entire supply chain.

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