Port Klang (Kelang) serves Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur. The city covers an area of approx 94 ml2 (243 km2) and has population around 1,8 million (metro over 7,2 million / Greater Kuala Lumpur). Klang City is among Southeast Asia's fastest growing metro areas in terms of economy, and Malaysia's economic, cultural and financial centre.
Kuala Lumpur City was once home to executive and judicial branches of the federal government, but in early 1999 they were moved to Putrajaya. Here is located Istana Negara - the official residence of Malaysian King. The city is also home to the world's tallest twin buildings - Petronas Twin Towers, an iconic symbol of the country's futuristic development. The towers have tip height of 452 m (1483 ft). Each tower is served by 40 elevators. The project was completed in 1996 at the cost of USD 1,6 billion. The building is owned by KLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd. Below the towers is located the shopping mall Suria KLCC and the Petronas Filharmonik Hall.
Port Klang (Pelabuhan Klang) is country's largest seaport, located approx 6 km (4 ml) southwest of Klang Town, and approx 38 km (24 ml) southwest of Kuala Lumpur City. The port is ranked world's 12th busiest containership port, and world's 17th busiest by total handled cargo tonnage.
Currently, Port Klang Authority (PKA) manages 3 seaports in the area (Northport, Southpoint, Westport). Port's total cargo capacity is 109,7 million tons.
- Northport comprises multipurpose port facilities and logistics services. A merger of two Malaysian companies (Kelang Container Terminal and Kelang Port Management), Northport operations also cover Southpoint and the Northport Distripark Sdn Bhd (logistics). In January 2016, MMC Corporation took over the ownership of Northport through its subsidiary company MMC Ports.
- Westport (fka Kelang Multi Terminal) is the passenger (ferry and cruise) port, Port Klang Cruise Centre was inaugurated in December 1995 and has 3 berths, where passenger and naval ships can dock. The cruise terminal was previously managed by the Genting Hong Kong owned company Star Cruises, then its management took Glenn Marine Group.
- On March 28, 2014, an interim privatization agreement was signed Port Klang Authority, Northport Bhd (subsidiary of MMC Corporation) and the Malaysian government, which enabled Northport Bhd to continue to manage the port until a new agreement is approved. On March 13, 2018, was signed the privatization agreement between the three parties. Northport Bhd received a 30-year concession extension (until 2048) to operate Northport and Southpoint.
In 2017-2018 (September-June), the Star Cruises liner SuperStar Libra operated on 1-3-day short breaks / mini-cruises leaving from 3 homeports - Port Klang, Penang (Malaysia) and Phuket (Thailand). Weekly were offered 2 roundtrips from Malaysia, including 3-night itinerary (Kuala Lumpur-Phuket-Penang) and 4-night itinerary (Kuala Lumpur-Langkawi Island-Phuket-Penang). The new program (also offering fly-cruise packages) allows tourists in Southeast Asia to have more flexibility to choose a departure port. Each of the 3 turnaround ports is a well-connected port city, especially Kuala Lumpur - a major flight hub in Asia.
On November 1, 2018, Westports Klang handled world's largest boxship - OOCL United Kingdom (max TEU capacity 21,413 containers). The ULCV vessel docked at Container Terminal 8 (new wharf completed in 2017) and was handled by nine ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The ship call at Westports was part of scheduled Ocean Alliance service NEU1 (Rotterdam to Xiamen).
Klang cruise terminal
Port Klang is the western terminus of Federal Highway (linking to Kuala Lumpur). Main roads link the port to Klang Town. Via Klang are also available bus and suburban rail service to Kuala Lumpur City. Electric trains link the port to Klang Town, Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Tanjung Malim.
The passenger ferry terminal serves the route to Pulau Ketam. The International ferry terminal links Klang to Indonesia (Kota Tanjungbalai and Dumai).
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