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NBCT to be upgraded and play a major role

GEORGE TOWN: With a RM500mil capital expenditure for the next five years, the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) is set to shed its image as a feeder port.

For a start, a RM150mil expansion plan has been approved to upgrade its present facilities to accommodate bigger ships, said Penang Port Sdn Bhd’s (PPSB) chief executive officer V. Sasedharan.

“NBCT is set to be transformed into a major port of call for cargo ships with operations in the north.

“Work is underway to upgrade existing footprints to optimise its utilisation,” he said.

Sasedharan said the current berth would be expanded from 1.5km to 3km, and two additional entrances to NBCT would be built to ease the congestion and cater for future growth volume.

“The RM150mil is basically for strengthening the berth which would increase the capacity by 300,000 TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equiva­lent Unit).

Read more on The Star Online.

Source: The Star Online

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