by S BIRRUNTHA / pic credit: johorport.com.my
TANJUNG Bruas Port Sdn Bhd, a member of MMC Group, has shipped out 10,200 metric tonnes (MT) of wood pellets from its terminal in Tanjung Kling, Melaka to the Port of Gunsan, South Korea.
In a statement yesterday, the group said a total volume of 10,200MT of wood pellets were shipped from Tanjung Bruas Port on April 29 this year and safely delivered to the Port of Gunsan on May 9.
This also marks the first-ever wood pellets shipment through Tanjung Bruas Port and going forward, the shipment of wood pellets from Tanjung Bruas Port to South Korea will increase to two calls per month.
Tanjung Bruas Port director Md Derick Basir (picture) said this inaugural wood pellets shipment from Tanjung Bruas Port is a clear testament of the group’s capabilities in handling a variety of cargo and being able to reach customers not only domestically, but also internationally.
“In terms of time taken for the wood pellets operation, Tanjung Bruas Port did well despite the bad weather with only 88.8 operational hours required to complete the whole process,” he added.
Meanwhile, Living Nature Sdn Bhd MD Andy Eng said the wood pellets shipment from Melaka to South Korea was a success in which Tanjung Bruas Port’s capabilities and operational efficiency in handling the wood pellets made for an overall smooth and satisfactory shipping process.
The cargo owner and exporter noted that the group is excited to see the port’s growth in the future as it strongly believes that Tanjung Bruas Port has a big potential to be the Gateway Port for Melaka’s industry players and its surrounding businesses.
Wood pellets are renewable energy carriers produced from compacted sawdust and it has emerged as a viable and promising renewable energy source as a replacement of coal.
The pellet market has been witnessing tremendous demand worldwide mainly due to its low carbon footprints.
Tanjung Bruas Port is capable of handling a variety of cargo ranging from dry bulk cargo such as gypsum (a type of mineral) and palm kernel shell, breakbulk cargo such as steel coil and liquid bulk cargo such as lubricant base oil and ammonia gas.
With more countries opting for biomass energy, Malaysia has the potential to become a biomass energy hub and Tanjung Bruas Port will continue to support the nation to be one of the largest suppliers of wood pellets in the region.