Faster cranes to save port operator

Fierce competition in the container handling business in the Malacca Straits sees operator Westport turning all its attention to improving efficiency. Bigger and faster cranes are the way to go, the operator believes.

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In a bid to meet competition from the likes of rival APM Terminals in the handling of containers in the Malacca Straits head on, operator Westport, which occupies large chunks of the container terminal in Malaysian Port Kelang, will turn up efficiency and capacity, Westport CEO, Ruben Gnanalingam, says in an interview with Reuters.

The increased efficiency should lead to as much as 35 handled containers per hour against the 25 that is the standard in the industry, when it comes to re-loading from the giant Europe-Asia vessels to smaller containerships and the other way around. That feat should be accomplished by the use of new cranes able to work 1.4 times faster than current models lined up on the dock next to the giant containerships. The new cranes are meant to attract new major carriers to the port, Ruben Gnanalingam explains.

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