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Sarawak River to be a Super Highway for Ships

Posted on June 14, 2016

The Sarawak River will be a super highway for ships once dredging works are totally completed by 2019.

The project costing RM360mil under the 11th Malaysia Plan was announced by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in February this year when he visited the Senari terminal here.

The Kuching Port Authority general manager Rosli Saup said the completion meant bigger cargo and cruise ships from the peninsular and Asian countries could call directly at Kuching.

He said this in a statement after briefing the local shipping community on the dredging project and its benefits.

“We will then have a deeper navigational channel of 9m below chart datum (with tidal water up to 12m (draught) for a 23.4km stretch.

“Then, there is no need for ships to wait for high tide to sail up the Sarawak River, he said.

Rosli said this would translate to savings in time and cost, and most of all, navigational safety.

However, he added, the port had imposed a new port tariff, the “Channel Maintenance Fee”, at RM1 per tonne of cargo or per passenger within its limit area from June 1.

He said this was for the purpose of maintaining the channel, especially stretches where the dredging had now been done.

He said the fee applied to movement of cargo or passengers in and out of the state and not on local cargo or passengers within the state.

He said the new tariff was under the Kuching Port Authority (Dues, Rates and Charges)(Amendment) Regulations 2016.

Source: The Star Online

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