KEMAMAN, Jan 15 — The newly-launched Port Kemaman Development Plan will not only be a new catalyst for the local economy but will allow the port to be the main gateway for trade and industry in Terengganu.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said Kemaman Port, which currently has an annual cargo-handling capacity of seven million metric tonnes, will be able to handle up to 33 million metric tonnes per year after the development project is completed in 2025. 

“(The cargo-handling capacity) will continue to rise according to the port’s business development trend.

“Hence, with the expansion in capacity, domestic and foreign investments will also increase,” he told reporters after the launch of the Port Kemaman Development Plan at the port’s East Wharf here today.

He said the project costing nearly RM1 billion will, among others, involve the installation of four cranes and extension of the jetty by 650 metres.

The crane installation and wharf expansion works will begin in the near future and are expected to be completed by 2025, he added.

Dr Wee said the port development project is much needed in view of the rising demand from industry players, and it will also make Kemaman Port a commodity and trading hub as well as the main Eastern gateway for heavy industries-based commodities as well as oil and gas.

He said the project is also in line with the future requirements of Terengganu’s industrial areas especially oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

In addition, the minister said, the development will create many job opportunities for locals as well as more opportunities for local contractors.

Also present at the launching ceremony were Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim, who is also Konsortium Pelabuhan Kemaman Sdn Bhd chairman; Kemaman Member of Parliament and Kemaman Port Authority chairman Che Alias Hamid; and Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation Bhd (EPIC) group chief executive officer Saabi Wahab.


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