The idea is to expand SBCP to have a capacity of 1 million TEUs for the next 15-20 years. This is a supply-driven initiative where the Federal Government is supposed to assist the State Government on the expansion plan that would cost RM1 billion.
Asean Business Leaders: What is the current capacity of the Sapangar Bay Container Port?
Ibrahim Menudin: The Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) is a dedicated container facility and is positioned as the premier transhipment hub for the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
The current capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP), which is a dedicated container terminal for Sabah, is 500,000 TEUs. When we planned to build SBCP about 15 years ago, it was only recommended for a capacity of 250,000 TEUs. If we had done that, we would now be ‘in trouble’ because SBCP is already handling about 250,000 TEUs per annum.
Asean Business Leaders: What are the future plans to cater to the growing demand in ports services?
Ibrahim Menudin: Moving forward, the idea is to expand SBCP to have a capacity of 1 million TEUs for the next 15-20 years. This is a supply-driven initiative where the Federal Government is supposed to assist the State Government on the expansion plan that would cost RM1 billion.
On top of that, Sabah Ports’ general cargo operation currently at Kota Kinabalu Port, located near the city centre, will also move to Sapangar Bay in 3 years’ time where a new port will be constructed. This would free up the prime land area at Kota Kinabalu Port for mixed developments and an international cruise terminal that will complement Jesselton Quay and the Sabah International Convention Centre, making it a great tourist and convention destination. Sapangar Bay will then house a complete and integrated port that handles containers, general cargo and bulk oil, ready for Sabah’s economic expansion.