The upcoming Melaka Gateway Port in Pulau Panjang is set to attract 100,000 vessels annually once the project is completed in 2019. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the ships will be from China. (Pix by KHAIRUNISAH LOKMAN)

MALACCA: The upcoming Melaka Gateway Port in Pulau Panjang is set to attract 100,000 vessels annually once the project is completed in 2019.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the ships will be from China.

He said the targeted traffic can be achieved as the master developer of the Melaka Gateway, KAJ Development Sdn Bhd, has signed a historic partnership with China’s top port operators, Shenzhen Yantian Port Group Co and Rizhao Port Group Co, in developing the deep sea port.

“It is the first of such collaboration between a local company and port operators from China.

“This cooperation is very important to Malaysia as we have long been trying to attract port operators from China to invest here,” he told reporters after attending the inaugural foundation laying ceremony of the port today.

Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang.

Liow expressed his confidence that the construction and development of the RM8 billion port would be a great success following the participation of the Chinese port operators.

He also pointed out that the Melaka Gateway Port would complement the Klang Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas as each port has its own role.

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