Maritime Industry In Malaysia

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1.1 Strategic location Penang Port is a strategic location where it located in main maritime routes which is the Strait of Malacca. The Strait of Malacca is one of the most important strategic passages of the World because it supports the bulk of the maritime trade between Europe and Pacific Asia, which accounts for 50,000 ships per year. It is the main passage between the Pacific and the Indian oceans with the strait of Sunda (Indonesia) being closest existing alternative. It measures about 800km in length, has a width between 50 and 320 km (2.5 km at its narrowest point) and a minimal channel depth of 23 meters (about 70 feet). It represents the longest strait in the world used for international navigation and can be transited in about 20…show more content…
Malaysia’s maritime industry players – who are involved in activities such as merchant shipping, port operations, support services such as freight forwarding, haulage and logistics, amonng many others – have certainly has benefited from the presence of huge shippinh traffic volumes in Strait of Malacca. The considerable container throughput generated by its premiere container ports along Strait of Malacca, namely Port Klang and PTP generates tremendous multiplier effects to the local maritime industry and ancillary services sector, and the nation’s economy. (Nazrey Khalid,…show more content…
Industries and consumers benefit from having access to all kind of goods and raw materials shipped worlwide into Malaysia via ports along the Straits. Our exporters also benefit from the xetensive cennectivity of local ports along the Straits to other ports worldwide, which provides them access to the global markets and contributes to the competitiveness of their products. Despite Malaysia enjoying a strategic location as a littoral state of Strait of Malacca, only a third of ships transiting the Straits of Malacca called at its ports. The rest of them continue their Eastbound journey straight to Singapore Port, the region’s mega hub ports and the world;s largest container port (UNCTAD, 2009), and their Westbound journey straight to their destinations after having called ar Singapore Port to pick up boxes, getting services such as maintenance and repairs, and picking up spare parts and supplies. The container traffic in Strait of Malacca has increased in 20% between 2000 and 2009, in tandem with growing number of ships passing through the sealane. Despite this, one feels that Malaysian ports certainly have what it takes to attract a lot more of this container shipping traffic to our shores. No doubt Port Klang and PTP have deep drafts that can accommodate large container vessels, competitive tariff rates, excess

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