Port Klang

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Port Swettenham
Pelabuhan Klang
Town
Skyline of Port Swettenham
Port Swettenham is located in Malaysia
Port Swettenham
Port Swettenham
Coordinates: 3°0′0″N 101°24′0″E / 3.00000°N 101.40000°E / 3.00000; 101.40000
Country Malaysia
State Selangor
District Klang
Government
 • Municipal Council Klang Municipal Council
 • Local Authority Port Klang Authority
Area[1]
 • Total 573 km2 (221 sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
Postcode 42000
Dialling code +60 3
Police Port Klang, Pulau Ketam and Pandamaran
Fire Northport, Port Klang
Website http://www.pka.gov.my

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia.[2] Colonially known as Port Swettenham, it is the largest port in the country. It is located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Klang, and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Located in the District of Klang, it was the 12th busiest container port (2012) in the world. It was also the 17th busiest port in by total cargo tonnage handled in 2012.

History[edit]

Klang was formerly the terminus of the government railway and the port of the State.[3] In 1880, the state capital of Selangor was moved from Klang to the more strategically advantageous Kuala Lumpur.[4] Rapid development at the new administrative centre in the late 1800s attracted businessmen and job seekers alike from Klang. At this time the only methods of transport between Klang and Kuala Lumpur were by horse or buffalo drawn wagons, or boat ride along the Klang River to Damansara. Due to this Frank Swettenham stated to Selangor's British Resident at the time, William Bloomfield Douglas,[5] that the journey to Kuala Lumpur was "rather long and boring".[6] He continued to suggest a train line be built as an alternative route.

In September 1882, Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham was appointed Selangor’s new Resident. Swettenham initiated a rail link between Klang and Kuala Lumpur to overcome the transport problems particularly of the tin mining interests, who needed to convey the ore to Klang's port, Pelabuhan Batu.[7] Nineteen and a half miles of rail track from Kuala Lumpur to Bukit Kudu was opened in September 1886, and extended 3 miles to Klang in 1890.[8][9][10]

.[11][12] The river navigation, however, was difficult as only ships drawing less than 3.9 metres (13 ft) of water could come up the jetty, and thus a new port was selected near the mouth of the river as the anchorage was good. Developed by the Malayan Railway and officially opened 15 years later in 15 September 1901 by Swettenham himself, the new port was named Port Swettenham.

Under British rule[edit]

Map of Port Swettenham in 1954. This area is now known as Southpoint.

Both Klang and Port Swettenham were already known as notoriously malaria prone localities with the port itself located on a mangrove swamp. Within two months of its opening, the port was closed due to an outbreak of malaria.[13][14] Just a few years before, Britain's Sir Ronald Ross proved in 1897 that malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes. Port Swettenham was the first colonial area to benefit from the discovery.[15] Swamps were filled in, jungle cleared, and surface water diverted to destroy mosquito breeding grounds and combat further disruption to port operations. The threat of malaria was removed completely by the end of the exercise. Trade grew rapidly and two new berths were added by 1914 along with other port facilities. The Selangor Polo Club was founded in Port Swettenham in 1902 but it moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1911.[16]

Between World Wars I and II the port experienced much growth and expansion, peaking in 1940 when tonnage rose to 550,000 tonnes. During the Second World War allied aircraft were serviced by RAF Servicing Commandos at airfields in Port Swettenham.[17] Its location is marked on a 1954 map by the United States Army. Much of the port's facilities that were damaged during the war were reconstructed. The port expanded to the south with permanent installations to handle more palm oil and latex, two increasingly important exports. Imports also grew tremendously and tonnage of cargo handled at the port far exceeded what was thought possible before the war.[18]

Post-independence[edit]

On 1 July 1963 the Malaysian government established the Port Swettenham Authority, which subsequently was changed to Port Klang Authority as a statutory corporation to take over the administration of Port Klang from the Malayan Railway Administration. In the late 1960s and 1970s new deepwater berths were constructed with wharves suitable for handling container as well as conventional cargoes. The Royal Selangor Yacht Club was first registered here as "Port Swettenham Yacht Club" in July 1969.[19] In November 1972, Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak declared the container terminal open and in May 1974, construction of seven more berths for bulk cargo began and was completed in 1983. In October 1982, construction of the liquid bulk terminal in North Port was completed.

On 17 March 1986 the container terminal facilities operated by Port Klang Authority was privatised to Klang Container Terminal Berhad as part of the privatisation exercise of the government. In January 1988, construction work began on a new 800 feet (240 m) berth, as an alternative to the immediate development of West Port.[18] A government in directive 1993 has identified Port Klang to be developed into the National Load Centre. Port Klang has since grown and now establishes trade connections with over 120 countries and dealings with more than 500 ports around the world.[20]

Local governance[edit]

A container being loaded on a prime mover in Northport.

Port Klang Authority[edit]

The Port Klang Authority administers three ports in the Port Klang area namely Northport, Southpoint and Westport. Prior to the establishment of the Port Klang Authority, South Port was the only existing port and was administered by the Malayan Railway Administration. Both Westport and Northport have been privatized and managed as separate entities.

The total capacity of the port is 109,700,000 tons of cargo in 2005 compared to 550,000 tons in 1940.[21]

Klang Municipal Council[edit]

Port Klang is under the jurisdiction of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK). It is represented in the Parliament by the Member of Parliament for Klang, Mr. Charles Santiago. In the State Assembly of Selangor, the township is represented by Mr. Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the state assemblyman for Port Klang who is also the incumbent Chief Minister of the state.

Port operators[edit]

Northport[edit]

Northport is owned and operated by Northport (Malaysia) Bhd and comprises dedicated multipurpose port facilities and services. The Northport entity was a merger of two companies; Kelang Container Terminal (KCT) and Kelang Port Management (KPM). Its operations also cover South Port, which was renamed Southpoint for conventional cargo handling, and acquired Northport Distripark Sdn Bhd (NDSB) as part of its logistics division.

Westport[edit]

Westport is managed by Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Kelang Multi Terminal Sdn Bhd). A passenger port, Port Klang Cruise Centre, opened in December 1995 at Pulau Indah which is located next to the cargo terminals of Westport. Cruise line and naval ships drop anchor in any of the three berths at Port Klang Cruise Centre, which was under the management of Star Cruises[22] before being taken over by the Glenn Marine Group.

Accessibility[edit]

Port Klang is served by the KTM Komuter service and trains stop at the Port Klang Komuter station. The electric train service links to Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and other parts of the Klang Valley.

A passenger ferry terminal to Pulau Ketam and an International terminal to Tanjung Balai and Dumai in Indonesia are also located in the area. The old ferry terminal used to serve regular passenger boats to Pulau Lumut and Telok Gonjeng terminal until the completion of Northport Bridge link.

Main roads that link the Port Klang town, Southport and housing area are Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Jalan Pelabuhan Utara. There is a frequent bus service to Kuala Lumpur via Klang.

Port Klang Cruise Centre, Westports and the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) are located on Pulau Indah, which is accessible by road via the Pulau Indah Expressway connecting to the KESAS Highway. By the year 2012, Pulau Indah will be directly connected to Malaysia's administrative capital, Putrajaya via the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).[23]

Image gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town built on Selangor's tin trade". New Straits Times (Malaysia). 6 April 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "MP Klang - Pelabuhan Klang". Majlis Perbandaran Klang. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  3. ^ United States. Division of Entomology, United States. Bureau of Entomology (1910), Bulletin 88, Govt. Print. Office 
  4. ^ "Kuala Lumpur". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 6 December 2007. 
  5. ^ P. L. Burns (1972). "Douglas, William Bloomfield (1822–1906)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 4. Melbourne University Press. pp. 92–93. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Info Klang-Port Sweettenham". Majlis Perbandaran Klang. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Brickfields". Psyc2K3. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Official Government Reports for Selangor, 1886, 1890.
  9. ^ Various reports in The Straits Times, 1886-1890 at
  10. ^ Transcripts available at
  11. ^ Debbie Chan (26 May 2007). "No longer Swettenham Road". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  12. ^ Raffles, S (1921) "One hundred years of Singapore: being some account of the capital of the Straits Settlements from its foundation". London:Murray
  13. ^ J.S.C. Elkington (30 November 1906), Tropical Australia, Northern Territory Times and Gazette, retrieved 20 June 2009 
  14. ^ "Effective War on Mosquitos." (PDF). The New York Times. 19 April 1905. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  15. ^ L. P. Mair (2007), Welfare in the British Colonies, Read Books, ISBN 978-1-4067-7547-1, retrieved 20 June 2009 
  16. ^ "Royal Selangor Polo Club History". Royal Selangor Polo Club. 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "RAF Servicing Commandos 1942-1946". Combinedops.com. 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  18. ^ a b "Northport Heritage". Northport (Malaysia) Bhd. 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  19. ^ "Our History". Royal Selangor Yacht Club. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Background - Malaysia's Principal Port". Port Klang Authority. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  21. ^ Kent G. Budge (2008). "Port Swettenham". The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  22. ^ "Star Cruises Terminal - Port Klang". Star Cruises. 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  23. ^ NST (25 June 2010). "SKVE to boost Klang Valley’s growth". New Straits Times. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 

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Coordinates: 3°00′N 101°24′E / 3.000°N 101.400°E / 3.000; 101.400