Located in the state of Penang, in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia.

Though being known as the oldest and longest established port in Malaysia., Penang Port paved a boutique role by serving as the primary gateway to the Northern region of Malaysia and Southern Thailand, serving the basins of the Straits of Malacca and the Gulf of Bengal.

Pursuant to the privatisation agreement dated 31st December 1993 (“Privatisation Agreement”) entered between the Government of Malaysia, Penang Port Commission (“PPC”) and Penang Port Sdn Bhd (“PPSB”), Penang Port shall operate, manage, provide operational facilities, and port services in the Port of Penang to control, maintain, construct, improve, and develop the Port commencing 1st January 1994.

A Boutique Port in the Pearl of the Orient

Nearest Point in IMT Growth Triangle

Penang Port houses a plethora of services, lending itself well as a multipurpose port that provides unique value towards the growth of industries in Penang. Being situated in Penang is also a major game-changer, as Penang is strategically linked to the Indonesia – Malaysia – Thailand Growth Triangle (IMTGT). The IMT-Growth Triangle promotes private-sector led economic growth, facilitates the development of the sub-region as a whole by addressing complementarities, and comparative advantages of the member countries.

Multipurpose Port

Very close distance to industrial factories.
Niche handling of cargo, raw materials
and Dangerous Goods.


Penang Port also plays a niche role in the handling of conventional cargo – which focuses on Break Bulking, Dry Bulking, and Liquid Bulk Cargo with clear emphasis on Dangerous Goods (DG).

Penang Port’s terminal, the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) was gazetted as a Free Commercial Zone (FCZ) on 1 February 2021, which enables Penang Port to be the focal point for shipping and transshipment activities.

Penang Port will capitalise on its FCZ status to tap into the Bay of Bengal market by undertaking transshipment activities for containers moving between the Bay of Bengal and the Far-East.

Seamless Cruise-To-Tourism Access

200 Metres from terminal to center of state capital.
Local Economic Spinoff with over 6000 variable
vendors in George Town


Penang also promotes Seamless Cruise -to-Tourism Access through our leverage at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal – which has emerged as the busiest port of call in Malaysia for cruise.

With only a 200m walk to state capital, George Town, tourist can venture to Malaysia's gastronomic capital for its distinct and ubiquitous street food, unique cultural heritage, and the financial centre of northern Malaysia and the nation's most vital medical tourism hub.

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