Johor Port expects 1% YoY volume growth

JOHOR Port Bhd, a member of MMC Group, expects a 1% overall year-on-year (YoY) volume growth despite the pandemic and the ensuing Movement Control Orders (MCOs) last year. 

Its cargo diversity, sustainability and resiliency has enabled Johor Port to weather the pandemic storm; and while it has impacted, for example, its Clinker cargo volume due to lesser construction activities during the various MCOs and its petroleum volume due to lower consumption as a direct result of lesser activities and border closure, the volume for other essential products and commodities in terms of food and plantation-related items such as coconut oil, wheat, maize, palm kernel shells, palm kernel expeller, and fertiliser remain strong. 

Throughout 2021, it has continued to operate at an optimum level based on the port’s operational requirements to ensure that there was no disruption to its import, export and logistics activities and at the same time, leveraged on the various opportunities that came its way. 

The port had also rolled out its Container Terminal Operational Improvement Plan focusing on productivity improvement and yard efficiency which has resulted in a better gross moves per hour (GMPH) of 25 crane GMPH as opposed to 22 crane GMPH previously. 

Johor Port has also recently clinched the “Asia’s Most Influential Companies Award” at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards 2021 and marked another milestone by winning two awards at the prestigious Anugerah Kecemerlangan Industri or Industry Excellence Award for the Service Sector under Category 4 (Domestic company with sales turnover of more than RM100 million) and the Prime Minister Award, the highest accolade at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s Awards ceremony. 

“We have undertaken numerous initiatives to innovate and establish Johor Port as one of the most efficient multipurpose ports in the region and these awards are a testament to our ability to understand and accommodate the market’s needs as well as in delivering high-quality services to our customers,” Johor Port CEO Md Derick Basir said in a statement yesterday. 

“The recognition accorded to Johor Port, in particular the highly prestigious Prime Minister Award, is the silver lining to a challenging Covid-19 year for all of us. We couldn’t have achieved what we have so far without the support of everybody; and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our business partners, regulatory bodies, vendors, suppliers and employees for their valuable partnerships and unwavering support in our journey over the years,” he added. — TMR