Container Services

Penang Port’s relationship with containers started back in 1974 when the first container was discharged at Butterworth Wharves. From a humble annual throughput of 2,994 TEUs then, Penang Port has grown steadily to achieve a throughput of more than 1.2 million TEUs in 2013. Starting with a single dedicated berth in a multi-purpose terminal, Penang Port today provides a modern dedicated container terminal to cater for the ever-growing volume of container trade in the region.

Penang Port has a one way navigation channel called the North Channel. It is 180m in width and 18km in length. It has a declared depth of 11.0m (ACD). The tidal range in Penang Port is between 0.5m (Neap Tide) and 2.0m (Spring Tide). NBCT is built to handle the following sizes of ships:

BERTH

LENGTH
(In METERS)

DEPTH
(In METERS)

MAXIMUM ARRIVAL DISPLACEMENT
(In TONNES)

N1

 200

11

70,000

N2

 200

11

70,000

N3

 200

11

72,600

N4

 300

12

72,600

N5

 300

12

135,000

N6

 300

12

135,000

INNER BERTH

 120

7.5

6,000

Container operations are the core operations for Penang Port with the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) being the fulcrum for it. It is equipped with 6 berths (N1 to N6) that are 1.5kms in total length and equipped with 13 Quay Gantry Cranes (QGCs). Out of these 13, 7 are post Panamax QGCs capable of handling vessels with 18 rows of container across with a declared productivity rate of 25 moves per hour per crane currently. Berth capacity currently is at 2 million TEUs per annum.

8 Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes service the 2,244 Ground Slots (GS) belonging to the export decks located on the wharf itself for faster and efficient loading operations. On the landside, NBCT is equipped with 32 RTGs of which 10 units are e-RTGs (Electrified). This is in line with Penang Port’s aim of becoming a greener port. A fleet of 60 Prime Movers and 124 trailers further expedite container operations at NBCT as well as a Reach Stacker used for empty container movements. A container yard with a land mass of nearly 59.24 Hectares provides for approximately 7,104 Ground Slots as well as 1,000 reefer points. An On-dock depot provides the full range of container services such as surveys, repairs, washing as well reefer related services like as pre-trip inspections and etcetera.

Penang Port is serviced by nearly 30 shipping lines and agents. These lines provide the connectivity to the world that Penang Port requires as a gateway port to its hinterland of North Malaysia and Southern Thailand in particular. Connectivity to the national railway grid and the national highways provides NBCT with excellent penetration to its hinterlands. This has enabled Penang Port to become the export gateway of choice for the shippers in the South of Thailand. From NBCT, containers can be shipped directly to all the major seaports in the Far East.

Penang Port’s accessibility, flexibility, efficiency and sustainability are key elements to its continued growth. Operating 24x7x365 and coupled with a state of the art container terminal management system with web access, it’s a port that never sleeps. Keeping focus and adapting to change is Penang Port’s strategy to maintain its growth in terms of container handling. It provides services that are not only standard in terms of container shipping but also packages that are customizable to meet the most demanding of customers at competitive rates.