Maersk to Relocate to Malaysia’s Northport

Northport confirmed that Danish container shipping company Maersk-Sealand will relocate its Port Klang operations from neighboring Westport to Northport in February next year. This move could effect neighboring Westport’s handling volume by 3 percent.
         The relocation will bring the total of Maersk’s container volume at Northport to some 250,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per year. The figure is part of its ongoing program to streamline its process following Maersk’s recent takeover of its Dutch rival, Royal P&O Nedlloyd NV, which currently operates out of Nortport, handling some 160,000 TEUs per year.
         Northport and Westport are now expected to handle equal total volume of containers in 2006, although Northport will continue to be the market leader for indigenous cargo, handling about 70 per cent of Port Klang’s volume.

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