BUTTERWORTH, Jun 12 – MTT Group of Companies has launched the new container vessel MTT Pulau Pinang at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT). The launching was attended by the Chairman of Penang Port Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek. It will be improved of the shipping connectivity between East and West Malaysia. It was also the first Malaysian vessel named after Penang sets sail.
“Before MTT Pulau Pinang, there was no direct service from Penang to East Malaysia and Brunei. All the containers from Penang were just fed to vessel in Port Klang before they sailed to East Malaysia. We will still provide the good connections to East Malaysia via Port Klang however the size given by the Penang market is not viable for too many call,” said MTT Shipping managing director Ooi Lean Hin.
“Besides that, MTT Shipping also offers three weekly which fixed day sailings to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu; twice a week to Tanjong Manis, Sibu, Miri and Muara in Brunei; and weekly to Labuan, Sandakan and Tawau. The company also made a turnover of RM350 million a year,” he added.
“With the inclusion of MTT Pulau Pinang, the first Malaysian container vessel to be named after Penang island. Besides that, MTT Shipping would be have six Malaysian vessels working the domestic trade scene. There were others such as MTT Tawau, MTT Muara, MTT Kinabalu, MTT Kuching, and MTT Port Klang,” said MTT group executive chairman Datuk Dr Kenny Ong.
“Now, we have eight vessels which included two of chartered. Meanwhile, there were another two new ships will join the fleet to replace the chartered ones in stages by the end of the year. The first of chartered are expected to come on next month and other will be in the August,” he said.
“MTT Shipping had all its own vessels which in the water and the company will also slowly replace the new ships with phased out the older ships. We does not decide when was the older ships will have to be phased out but will wait for the time comes,” he added.