Posted on October 30, 2015
The seabed dredging works for berth three, four and five at Tawau port here will be fully completed at the end of this month while five new machines have also been purchased within these two months for port purposes.
Port manager Subardjoe Hj Durasit said the dredging works were in progress and about 85 per cent completed and were supposedly expected to be fully completed by yesterday.
He said a monitoring survey would also be conducted by Maedco Sdn Bhd after the completion before it is handed over to Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd (SPSB).
Subardjoe said the seabed dredging works cost RM5.3 million and he believed it would beneficial to port users, big vessels and cargoes for a minimum of two years.
Hence, he has proposed to the port’s top management if seabed dredging works (dredging maintenance) could be done once a year to deepen the seabed by one meter.
Subardjoe was speaking during a meeting with the Tawau Chinese Chamber of Commerce (TCCC), lorry agents, shipping agents Teck Guan group, QL group and Hap Seng at the SPSB office here yesterday.
In the meantime, the port’s top management had also approved a budget this year to purchase five new machines for the port uses.
“We hope to get the new machines by early next year,” Subardjoe added.
In the meeting, TCCC president Lo Su Fui expressed his appreciation to the SPSB for its efforts in improving the port here although there had been some external factors.
He suggested that a meeting or forum could be held between the SPSB, chamber and port users once in two or three months after the completion of the seabed dredging completion. “On behalf of the chamber, I also support the dredging maintenance to be done once a year or once in a few months,” Lo said.