Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Rajang Port Authority eyeing opportunities at Score

SIBU (May 2): The Rajang Port Authority (RPA) is keen to exploit the many opportunities expected to be generated from developments at the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

General manager Helen Lim Hui Shyan said Score would fuel economic spinoffs in Sarawak's central region areas.

"Business will grow, markets will expand. There will be more activities and hence, more cargo. RPA is blessed to be positioned in a strategic advantage," she said at the port's annual Quality Day dinner here on Tuesday night.

On its own, Lim said, the port's core activity of handling containers had registered very encouraging growth.

"For the past five years, our average increase is six to seven per cent a year. As a riverine port in this region, achieving a total throughput of 88,700 TEUs (20ft equivalanet units) of containers last year in port terms was a "handsome achievement", she said.

Port chairman Vincent Goh Chung Siong said RPA has been been registering favourable and increasing surplus since 2007 despite facing many challenges over the years.

"In 2007, we registered a RM4 million surplus after tax. In the following year, the surplus grew to RM5 million and RM7.3 million in 2009, Ihe surplus swelled to RM8 million in 2010," he said.

Last year, the profit rose to over RM10 million, he said.

Goh said RPA had over the years invested in developing and upgrading facilities at the port and enhancing its position as an efficient and reliable port in Sarawak. "We've now four units of new Straddle Carriers, two units of empty container handlers (to stack up empty containers to five high to maximise space usage) and two additional units of mobile harbour cranes," he said.

In view of the fine financial performance, Goh had the port employees cheering when he announced a one- to two-month bonus for the year 2011. — Bernama

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