BINTULU: The launch of China Philippine Malaysia (CPM) Service by Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) complements the existing direct shipping service provided by Taiwan Philippine Indonesia (TPI) Service from Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT), Bintulu Port to several major ports within Intra Asia Trade routes, said Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB) chief executive officer Datuk Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad.

EMC’s container vessel, MV Baltic Strait, made an inaugural call at BICT on April 23 to mark the start of its new direct shipping service.

Mior said the addition of a new vessel would provide more direct shipping connectivity and extra space for cargo.

“This in turn gives extra options for shippers here to select main line operators for the logistic arrangements of their cargoes,” he said.

He pointed out that the selection of Bintulu Port by EMC for this service signified the company’s confidence in Bintulu Port’s operational performance.

BPSB and EMC, he added, would work together, especially on joint marketing to attract container volume.

“BPSB appreciates EMC’s effort in making this second service call a reality and will continuously improve our services and facilities,” said Mior.

“Besides, we will also develop and make available world class infrastructure and superstructure from time to time for shipping lines to ensure excellent services, improved facilities and shortest port turnaround whenever they call at BICT,” he added.

Bintulu Port has achieved much in terms of container performance since EMC started its direct container service from Bintulu Port with its first call on July 24, 2001.

“Through EMC and others, BICT has become one of the major ports in the BIMP-EAGA Region. Bintulu Port is ranked fifth in terms of container throughput within the top 25 major ports in the BIMP-EAGA region, a climb from 12th spot in 2000 to its current position last year,” said Mior.

EMC with its current TPI service running from Bintulu on a weekly basis has greatly contributed to Bintulu Port’s throughput and they are the No.1 customer of BICT, contributing 24 per cent of the total throughput last year.

Meanwhile EMC (Malaysia) president Jack Wu said besides MV Baltic Strait, another container vessel Uni Premier will be deployed to serve CPM.

“The routing for CPM service is Bintulu- Shekou-Hong Kong-Manila-Kota Kinabalu. MV Baltic Strait and Uni Premier will call BICT on a weekly basis with allocated windows on Wednesday of each week,” he said.

Wu said CPM service was launched in mid-April 2013 to meet the growing market demand on Intra-Asia trades, linking South China, Philippines and East Malaysia from mid April 2013.

Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd officers led by Mior and EMC (Malaysia) president Jack Wu, EMC (Malaysia) vice-president Lee Hock Saing, MV Baltic Strait captain Ananyev Anatoly and BPSB general manager
Ahmat Narawi were present to receive the vessel in a simple ceremony at BICT wharf 4&5 yesterday.

Representatives from major shippers and agent including Daiken Sarawak, Cairnfield Sdn Bhd, KTS Group of Companies, Shin Yang Plywood Sdn Bhd and MTT Shipping Sdn Bhd also attended the event.

Sources From: BORNEO POST Online

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