Pahang Menteri Besar, Dato’ Sri Hj Adnan Yaakob Launches MASkargo’s I-Port At Kuantan Port

KUANTAN (Malaysia), 19 January 2004 - Pahang Menteri Besar, Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Hj Adnan Yaakob, today officially launched I-Port Transhipment at Kuantan Port, a world’s first in sea-air transhipment that will be a catalyst for continuous growth of Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) and KL International Airport (KLIA).

I-Port is the world’s first airport within a seaport, allowing seamless movement of cargo from regional destinations to Malaysian ports via sea, and then delivered efficiently to worldwide destinations by air, through the MASkargo’s Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at KLIA.

MASkargo, among the region’s leading air cargo operators, is jointly promoting this innovative service with Kuantan Port Consortium (KPC) and other maritime partners such as Port Klang’s Northport and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Johore. The programme began with Northport on 20 December 2002, followed by PTP on 26 May 2003.

Malaysia Airlines General Manager (Cargo Sales and Development), Shahari Sulaiman, said since its inception, the i-Port programme has carried 400,000 kg of cargo.

“With the inclusion of Kuantan Port, I am confident that i-Port will continue to see encouraging growth this year,” he said at the launch ceremony at a hotel here, today.

Kuantan Port will cater for sea-air cargo coming from the economically vibrant Indochina countries.

The national air cargo carrier has set up air cargo offices all three ports, allowing each port to be given International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) three-letter codes, thus an airport operation within a seaport concept. Kuantan Port’s IATA code is ZJB; Port Klang (XPQ) while for PTP is ZJT.

This programme will eventually be expanded to cover all Malaysian ports such as Kuching, Penang, Pasir Gudang, Bintulu and Kota Kinabalu.

At the ports, the cargo will be consolidated in the special ‘air zone’ area and placed on MAS truck flight and transported to KLIA for their final destination. The truck flight will not be confined to cargo loaded only with MAS flights, as MASkargo’s ACC also handles cargo for other foreign airlines calling at KLIA.

Shippers using I-Port can expect cost savings of up to 40 percent and faster Customs processing with simplified documentation, with the removal of the K8 form; as well as MASkargo’s world-class cargo handling service.

With the strategic location of KLIA within the main Asian trade routes and its competitiveness, MASkargo would be able to promote KLIA as the load-centre for sea and air traffic in the region through I-Port.

The Malaysia Book of Records recently recognized i-Port Transhipment as the world’s first ‘Airport Within The Seaport’.

MASkargo, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, operates two owned and four leased B747-200 freighters, and its freighter services currently cover KLIA, Penang, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Osaka, Shanghai, Taipei, Jakarta, Frankfurt and Dubai. It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet serving more than 100 destinations worldwide.

At KLIA, its home base is the ACC, a 108-acre complex designed specially for MASkargo’s sophisticated state-of-the-art cargo handling facilities and recognized as major regional cargo hub.