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Port Klang hopes for double-digit cargo volume growth in 2011

Port Klang hopes for double-digit cargo volume growth in 2011

Port Klang: Malaysia's Port Klang Authority (PKA) is hoping for another double-digit growth in cargo throughput volume this year, following a 21% increase last year. Port Klang handled 8.9m teu in 2010, up from 7.9m teu in 2009. "Despite the recent economic crisis, Port Klang has posted relatively healthy growth figures. The strong support from our clients has been the driving force in the performance of Port Klang," said Lee Hwa Beng, chairman of Port Klang. Lee, however, did not put a number to the anticipated growth at the port for this year. His optimism followed French liner CMA CGM's contribution of about 20% or 2.3 million TEUs to Port Klang's total throughput volume last year. The world's third biggest liner has established Westports as its mega transshipment hub including its subsidiaries Delmas, Australian National Line (ANL) and ChengLi Navigation. Simon Whitelaw, managing director of CMA CGM and ANL Malaysia, said in a statement: "We don't want to be too optimistic for 2011 as we are quite cautious due to too much capacity. However, we hope to achieve the same growth of 13% as in last year." [17/01/11]

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