Singapore posts record port tonnage for 2000

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at
Sat Feb 10 19:06:30 MST 2001

2 February 2001

Singapore posts record port tonnage for 2000
SINGAPORE: Singapore looked set to retain its title as the world's busiest
port in terms of tonnage, after posting a record 910.10 million gross tones
in 2000, the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) said on Thursday.
The tonnage was up 3.8 per cent from the 877 million tones rrecorded in
"The new shipping tonnage record is indeed an achievement for the Port of
Singapore given the highly competitive environment that we are now operating
in," MPA director general Chen Tze Penn said.
Singapore has been faced with growing competition from neighbouring
Malaysia. Container line Maersk Sealand said in August it was buying a 30
per cent stake in southern Malaysia's port of Tanjung Pelepas and would
shift its regional transhipment hub there from Singapore.
But Chen said the growth in Singapore in 2000 showed the confidence the
shipping community had in the port's "fast, efficient and value-for-money
port and maritime services."
Container ships contributed 37.1 per cent or 337.6 million gross tones to
the 2000 total, with tankers registering 294.5 million gross tones or 32.4
per cent.
Singapore recorded 145,383 vessel arrivals, an average of 16.5 an hour, up
2.7 per cent from 141,523 the previous year.
In terms of container traffic, Singapore handled 17.09 million 20-foot
equivalent units last year, 7.2 per cent up on 1999. (AFP)
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