Our Milestones

OOCL United Kingdom, the world’s largest container ship, made her maiden call to Westports on 26th October 2018. This Ultra-Large Container Vessel (ULCV) with carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs, is one of the carrier’s six ‘G Class’ vessels and they are currently the world’s largest container ship. Westports accommodated this ULCV at our deep-water terminal CT8 where she was handled by 9 high performance ship-to-shore cranes.

October 2018

Westports received an Approval-in-Principle from the Government of Malaysia in a letter dated 23 August 2017, to expand its container terminal facilities from CT 10 to CT19, which is an extension from the current CT1 to CT9 development. The Proposed Expansion can potentially increase the total handling capacity of Westports up to 30 million TEUs per annum

August 2017

COSCO Shipping Lines’ biggest container ship, the COSCO Shipping Galaxy, made her maiden call at Westports on 3rd July. With maximum carrying capacity of 21,237 TEUs and 400 meters length overall, it is the third 21,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Vessel (ULCV) of COSCO Shipping Lines.

Westports accommodated this ULCV at our deep-water terminal CT9 where she was handled by 5 high performance ship-to-shore cranes making a total of 3,275 moves

July 2017

COSCO Shipping Solar, the mega-containership, made her maiden call at Westports on 9th June. The 21,237 TEUs Ultra-Large Container Vessel (ULCV) would be the largest containership to berth at one of the countries ports.

June 2017

Westports achieved another milestone by handling a record container volume of 9.95 million TEUs in 2016, which was an improvement of 10% over the previous year’s 9.05m TEUs, which was also a record volume then.

February 2017

Westports Malaysia has launched its magnificent new multi-purpose hall equipped with the state of the art facilities on 20th September. The new facility, to be known as the T.A.N.S.R.I.G. Culture Hall, was officiated by and named after our Executive Chairman. The hall can accommodate up to 600 people and can host international championships, cultural events and also school sports and training activities.

Setember 2016

UASC’s 18,800 TEU container vessel MV Barzan made its maiden call at Westports on 4th June 2015.

June 2015

CMA’s 18,000 TEU container vessel MV CMA CGM Kerguellen made its maiden call at Westports on 20th April 2015.

April 2015

World’s largest container vessel 19,100 TEU MV CSCL Globe made its maiden call at Westports and lifted the 8 millionth TEU container for the port on 19th Dec 2014.

December 2014

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah officiated the launching of our Container Terminal 7 (CT7) on 10th September 2014.

September 2014

Westports set a new world record for container terminal productivity, notching an impressive 793 moves in one hour over the CSCL Le Havre (9,572 TEU vessel) with the deployment of nine twin-lift cranes.

June 2014

Westports Holding Berhad held its inaugural Annual General Meeting on 30 April 2014 following its listing on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

April 2014

Total container throughput rose by 11.7% year-on-year to 1.93 million twenty-foot equivalent units in Q1 2014.
Westports reported a record high monthly volume of 693K TEUs in March 2014.

March 2014

Westports recorded total volume of 7.47 Mil TEU in 2013, rose by 8% against 2012.

December 2013

TWestports Holdings Bhd has successfully listed in the main market of Bursa Malaysia on 18th October 2013.

October 2013

Westports Holdings Bhd, launched its listing prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO) on 19th September 2013. The event was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

September 2013

Hamburg Sud, the 12th largest container carrier in the world, is the latest shipping line making Westports its home at Port Klang. Its vessel “Cap San Marco” (9,600 TEU), one of 12 units between 8,500 and 9,600 TEU deployed in the South America Service (ASIA 2), called at Westports Malaysia for the first time on 20th July.

July 2013

We have completed the 300-meter quay length of CT 6 Phase 2 expansion. The new terminal will mark another milestone to our port as it was designed to handle 18,000 TEU capacity vessels which is the largest in the world in the orderbook.

March 2013

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha launched celebrations marking Westports achieving 50 million TEUs and the berth of the world’s largest container ship “MV CMA CGM Marco Polo” at Westports.

January 2013

Our total volume handled for the whole year is 6.9 Mil TEU, rose by 8% against 6.4 Mil TEU last year. Port Klang recorded 10.0 Mil TEU, 4% increased against 2011.

December 2012

The world’s largest container vessel, CMA CGM’s Marco Polo, a 16,000 TEU ship, made her maiden call at Westports on 19th November 2012.

November 2012

Signing ceremony on facilitation fund agreement between Westports, government and Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad for a land reclamation project in Port Klang.

February 2012

Westports hits 6 million TEUS for container handling.

December 2011

Westports bags Container International Award for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). Westports also bags 4 other awards at Star Outstanding Business Award 2011.

October 2011

Westports CEO, Mr Ruben Emir Gnanalingam was awarded the ‘Emerging CEO Award’ from Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais at the Global Leadership Awards 2011.

August 2011

Maiden call of World’s Largest Vessel CSCL Venus from China. Deputy Minister of Finance Dato Donald Lim was present to receive this 14,100 TEUs vessel.

May 2011

China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd (CSCL) would continue to make Westports Malaysia in Port Klang its mega transshipment hub in South-East Asia. Mr. Ma Zehua, Vice President of China Shipping (Group) Company gave the commitment and assurance when he met Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam, Westports Executive Chairman at the port on March 3. Westports operations team once again shown their dexterity and skills in container handling
when they managed to hit crane productivity of an awesome 734 moves in a single hour of operations with a nine-crane deployment. This feat was achieved on March 9 with CSCL Pusan, a 9,600 TEU vessel belonging to China Shipping.

March 2010

CMA CGM opens first dedicated ODD facility at Westports.

July 2009

Opening of OOCL’s new office at Westports Business Centre.

November 2008

His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafudddin Idris Shah officiated Toyofuji Logistics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd’s car terminal at Westports.

June 2008

Added another 2 units of super post-Panamax twinlifters to boost productivity and to stay competitive. The 2 new twinlifters, add up to 26 super post-panamax quay cranes, 6 of which are twinlifters.

October 2007

Westports’ top customer, CMA-CGM hits one million TEUs at Westports in 2006, marking the French-liner’s first millionth ever achieved at any port in the world in a single year

December 2006

First port in Port Klang to hit 3 million TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent units)which firmly placed us on the road to achieve a total container throughput of 3.7 million TEUs for 2006.
We also notched a record 345,000 TEUs for October, which was the highest volume recorded for a single month this year.

October 2006

We hit crane productivity with a speed of 452 moves in a single hour of operations with an eight-crane deployment.

March 2006

We set a new world record of 421 moves per hour, shattering our previous record of 368 moves per hour achieved three years ago. This was achieved when moving boxes from the MV Rossini which was at the berth for a total of 11.5 hours.

February 2006

We set a new world record of 421 moves per hour, shattering our previous record of 368 moves per hour achieved three years ago. This was achieved when moving boxes from the MV Rossini which was at the berth for a total of 11.5 hours.

July 2005

Our Conventional Operation team at Westports’s Dry Bulk Terminal II achieved a productivity of more than 100%. This unprecedented record was performed whilst working on MV Genco Pioneer.

May 2005

Our Container Group B (B’ Bravo) set a new record by moving 3346 boxes in a single shift.

April 2005

Our Dry Bulk Team unloaded 9,540 MT of maize in 8 hours from the vessel MV Enterprise.

March 2005

Our container gate team recorded a turnaround time of an average of 15.5 minutes.

February 2005

Our container gate team achieves haulage turnaround time with an average of 19 minutes.

November 2004

Our operations team achieved the highest number of moves per vessel, at 2,807 moves.

October 2004

We received the Award for Competent Employers Facing Competitive Globalization (Category: Large Organisation). This award recognises Malaysian organisations, which provides the best opportunities for its employees.

We received endorsement and initial approval from the Marine Department for complying with IMO’s ISPS Code. Westports adopts the ISPS standard.


May 2004

Our container operations reached another milestone with Group D achieving an average productivity of 41 moves per hour (MPH) for the entire shift.

January 2004

Two world records were set this year. First on March 17, with a 342 moves per hour (MPH) feat, and then followed by, breaking feat of 368 MPH on MV Peninsular Bay of CMA-CGM.

March 2003

District Landscape awarded to Westports for the best dressed private office building in the Klang district.

September 2002

Smart Card Security System – An innovative port security system was implemented to strenghten port security and container movement.

June 2002

Raja Muda of Selangor visited Westports.

March 2002

It was another momentous occasion for the port when KLIA’s Express Rail Link (ERL) coaches were received from Copenhagen via MV Cassiopeia.

August 2001

Another ‘First’ was recorded when 8,250 mt crude palm oil was loaded on MT Flores at the Liquid Bulk Terminal.

July 2001

CT3 added 2 additional berths bringing the total wharf length to 2000 metres and 7 berths, further reducing the waiting time of vessels and increasing terminal handling capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.
A total of RM80 million was invested into port equipment, beefing up the productivity potential and efficiency of the port.

April 2001

Million TEU – Deal of the Century achievement. “1 million TEUs in 365 days” was another milestone achievement after just 4 years in operation, positioning Westports to meet further challenges.

December 2000

Westports Executive Chairman was conferred the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) award, which carries the title of Tan Sri, by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

June 2000

Westports received the ‘FIABCI’ Award of distinction in the category of Public Sector Development.
Maiden voyage of COSCON’s Far East Mediterranean service to Westport. The COSCON AMX Joint service is by 3 national liners; COSCO, K-Line and Yang Ming.

April 2000

Westports and CSCL entered a winning partnership through a terminal agreement between Westports and CSCL.

March 2000

Port of new Millennium TVC was launched. Inspired by Wawasan 2020 it was a 100% Malaysian production from conceptualization to actualization and won the US International Film and Video Festival Silver Screen Award in June.

February 2000

A world record of 264 moves per hour was achieved when the world’s largest ship, MV Clifford Maersk called Westports.

December 1999

Two US Navy ships, the USS Constellation (an aircraft carrier) and USS Lake Erie (a cruiser), berthed at Westports. Carrying an entourage of 5,800, they were on a five-day goodwill visit to Malaysia, and helped contribute about RM 20 million a day to the local economy.

August 1999

Westports lifted its one millionth TEU after only three years of container operations. Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, LPK Chairman YB
Senator Michael Chen and Westports Executive Chairman Datuk G.Gnanalingam were present to witness this historic occasion. On this auspicious occasion, the new three storey Container Administration Centre which also houses recreational facilities for the staff, was officially opened.
A new Fastport standard of 20,004 MT dry bulk was achieved on MV Polska Walazaca.

July 1999

The 21st Worlds Port Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbours was held in Kuala Lumpur. Delegates to the conference took some time out to visit Westports and were impressed by its modernity and facilities that are world class. The Westports safety week was launched by Datuk Ir Mohd Annas bin Hj Mohd Noor to instill safety consciousness among the staff.

May 1999

The Westports Fertilizer Terminal Sdn Bhd became operational. It is the country’s most advanced integrated fertilizer handling complex, equipped with modern technology for receiving, handling, storing, transhipping and transporting fertilizers.

January 1999

One of the world’s largest container vessels, Regina Maersk, berthed at Westports. Having the length of a football field, the vessel was the largest of its kind to ever dock in Malaysian waters. A record 204 moves per hour was performed on this vessel.

August 1998

Westports signed a terminal partnership agreement with Evergreen Marine Corporation of Taiwan. Their first vessel to dock at Westports was MV Univalue.

April 1998

Westports ventured into the feedering business by launching Westports Express Service. Thus, it became the first terminal operator in the region to initiate its own feedering service from feedering service from ports of Penang and Johor, to Westports.

March 1998

Hanjin shipping brought the first five of 5,000 TEU class vessels to Westports and added a direct call to the west coast of USA, saving shippers four days in transit time.
Westports handled the biggest re-export traffic when it moved 34,790 metric tones of maize for Cargill (M) Sdn Bhd. The maize was imported from Argentina and re-exported to Vietnam aboard a special dry bulk carrier, MV Navigator.

February 1998

MV Naples and MV Villa, belonging to France’s No. 1 shipping line, Compagnie Maritime D’Affretement (CMA), berthed for the first time at Westports.

April 1997

Westports began offering bunkering services for vessels plying the Port Klang shipping route. It became the first port in Malaysia to offer such services.
Westports integrated with Sistem Maklumat Kastam, enabling freight forwarders and agents to do the processing of customs documentation online.

May 1997

Inaugural direct call by MV Hanjin San Francisco to Westports. The vessel was the first to be phased in for their Asia Europe (Pendulum) service.

February 1997

Commencement of operations at the first of two containers terminals. MV Norasia Kiel, of Europe based Norasia Lines, became the first container ship to call at Westports. The inauguration of the direct call of AE2, service provided by Maersk Line of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Sealand Service of Charlotte, USA.

March 1996

Westports, Malaysia’s newest and most advanced port, was officially opened by former Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr.Mahathir Mohamad. The former Prime Minister also officiated the opening of the motor vehicle terminal (VTC) at Westports for the shipment cars. The VTC employs state-of the art technology and is reputed to be the best in the region.

September 1996

The Liquid Bulk Terminal commenced operations with its first customer being Mobil Sdn Bhd.

August 1995

Handing over of port to Kelang Multi Terminal Sdn Bhd by Klang Port Authority.

September 1994

Westports’ conventional terminal began operations. Westports received its first cargo ship when the Greek vessel MV Zeno berthed at with a consignment of steel plates and coils from Brazil.

November 1994