BEIJING: China and Malaysia are in talks to build a third terminal at Port Klang.
A report in crienglish.com, the official English-language website of China Radio International said the project was needed to enable Port Klang to handle an increase in shipping.
The project had also been proposed in response to China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, it added.
The Belt and Road initiative is China’s attempt at connecting China to Europe via sea through Asia, a maritime silk route, and Africa and through an inland route cutting into central and western Asia.
The report quoted the Oriental Daily News as saying that up to 80 per cent of the ships sailing through the Straits of Malacca were bound for China.
Also, many Chinese vessels travel via the Malacca Straits, which is why, the report said, Malaysia was interested in partnering with China to construct the harbour.
Port Klang is Malaysia’s largest port and the 12th largest in the world, and is located on the northeast bank of the Straits of Malacca.
Malaysia plans to expand the port, as its annual cargo handling capacity is expected to reach 16.3 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) by 2020.
Meanwhile, Seatrade-maritime.com had earlier reported that Malaysia’s Port Klang was likely to build its third terminal in the next five to six years to accommodate increasing demand.
The Port Klang Authority had appointed a Hong-Kong based consultant to undertake the feasibility study on Port Klang’s third port, said the report.