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New Mobile Crane to Boost Sandakan Port Productivity
A handing over ceremony was held on the 22nd June 2016 to commemorate the acquisition of a mobile harbour crane and reachstacker for Sandakan Port. With the acquisition of the new machineries, it is expected to boost Sandakan Port’s container handling productivity by at least 30-40%.
In his welcoming speech, Datuk Karim Hj. Bujang, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd Chairman said “Sabah Ports is very pleased with the latest addition to Sandakan Port’s container handling machinery. This bodes well with Sabah Ports plans to strengthen its port services, whereby Sabah Ports will embark on expanding the Sandakan Port jetty length and container yard, later this year. This expansion is necessary as Sandakan Port handles various types of commodities ranging from containers, general cargo, bulk palm kernel expeller, bulk oil, bulk fertilizer, transhipment cargoes, passenger ferry and even cruise ships. Due to the high berth occupancy, Sabah Ports has taken the necessary step to ensure Sandakan Port not only maintains but improves its handling rate for the benefit of its users”.
He further added “Terex is a leading brand for crane solutions. Among the mobile harbour crane’s best feature is its versatility but in addition, it operates on a hybrid ‘diesel-electric’ system which makes it more environmentally friendly, energy efficient and economical. To ensure operations run smoothly, Sandakan Port crane operators and maintenance staff have undergone extensive training by German based Terex engineers, who have been stationed at Sandakan since the crane’s arrival”.
The ceremony held at Sandakan Port was officiated by Datuk Karim Hj. Bujang and witnessed by Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd’s Chief Operating Officer, En. Mohd Sahid Hj. Nawab Khan, General Manager, Pn. Siti Noraishah Azizan, Sandakan Port Senior Manager, Tn. Hj Raiman Hj. Ali, Terex representatives, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, shipping agents and Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd officials.