The expansion of the Lumut Port in Kampung Acheh, at a cost of RM200 million, is expected to be completed before 2020, says Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Saying that the project would cater to the needs of future investors, he added that the port had handled more than 45 million tonnes of cargo and received about 7,400 ships in the last 20 years.
He described the feat as extraordinary since the Lumut port was not a main port of call as Port Klang and the Pasir Gudang Port.
Zambry also suggested that port operator, Lumut Maritime Terminal Sdn Bhd, handle clean cargo like foodstuff instead of just concentrating on dirty cargo such as coal, lime and clay in order to remain competitive.
“Perhaps we can have luxury liners berth here as well,” he told reporters after officiating the ground breaking ceremony for the port’s expansion here today.
In a related development, Zambry said the state government had identified a suitable site for a new port in Hilir Perak.