Tanjung Pelepas and Maersk Smash TEU Record


The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), Malaysia’s most advanced container terminal, has once again broken the record for the amount of cargo on a vessel after the Monaco Maersk departed with 19,284 TEU.

According to Vessel Finder, the 2nd Generation Triple-E vessel left the port on May 31, 2019 and surpassed the 19,190 record achieved by the MOL Tribune in February 2019.

At the time of publication, it is traveling up the Red Sea and approaching the Suez Canal, which it is due to reach by June 12 at 21:00 local time.



PTI reported in August 2018, the last time PTP broke the TEU record when the Mumbai Maersk left the dock with 19,038 TEU on its way to Rotterdam.

In a statement, PTP credited the achievement to “efficient planning and execution of container operations and good optimization of resources.”

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Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohammed Noh, Chairman of PTP and MMC Group, of which the port is part of, said the record was a testament to its commitment and customer-centric operations.

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“As Malaysia’s leading ports and logistics operators,” he said, “we take pride in our ability to anticipate and understand the needs of our customers as well as our agility to adapt to the changes of the industries that we operate in, in order for us to stay ahead.”

“This year, we will further strengthen our foundation and continue to optimize our cost for greater operational efficiency. We remain focused on our deliverables and committed to returning more value for our stakeholders.”

Marco Neelson, PTP CEO, whom PTI interviewed in 2018, also commented: “Various continuous investment and improvement activities have been successfully executed and are currently taking place to ensure that we are able to achieve our target set forth for this financial year, and more importantly to safeguard PTP’s position amongst the top transshipment hubs in the world.”

In 2018 PTP handled 9 million TEUs and is projected to handle approximately 9.5 million TEU in 2019.

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