SINGAPORE (Jan 22): The recent round of container shipping line consolidation and alliance reshuffling leaves Malaysian ports out of the race for transhipment volumes, as bigger groups opt to maintain or move their services to Singapore rather than to Port Klang or Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP).

The consolidation has claimed its first casualty among Malaysian ports, with Westports Holdings’ transhipment throughput dropping by as much as 16% last year. That dragged Westports’ total container throughput down by more than 9% last year. This is despite gateway container volume — containers carrying import and export goods — at the port increasing by 10% to 2.8 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year.

Meanwhile, the acquisition of Hamburg Sud by Maersk Line recently does not seem to benefit PTP as much as it does Singapore, with the Danish company’s chief commercial officer saying transhipment volume from the group passing through the Lion City will increase as a result of it.

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