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DP World partners with Sabah Ports to boost handling capacity at Malaysian container port

DP World is looking to further grow handling capacity at Sapangar Bay Container Port alongside Sabah Ports

Major international port company DP World has partnered with Malaysia’s Sabah Ports to manage the Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) in East Malaysia.

The partnership is set to more than double the SBCP’s handling capacity and establish Sabah as a trade hub for economies in the east ASEAN growth area.

Sabah Ports is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian public listed investment holding company Suria Capital Holdings.

The agreement was signed by DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Sabah Ports managing director Datuk Ng Kiat Min.

DP World will now support efforts currently underway to increase SBCP’s container handling capacity from 500,000 TEUs to 1.25 million TEUs by 2025.

Investments will be made to optimise terminal workflows, accelerate digitalisation for greater operational efficiency and to increase the port’s connectivity.

“With its strategic location and abundance of natural resources, Sabah is well-positioned to reap the immense growth opportunities in the BIMP-EAGA region and beyond,” bin Sulayem says.

“Sapangar Bay Container Port plays a critical role in realising these ambitions. We are honoured to bring our experience in operating ports to support SBCP’s transformation journey.

“In partnership with Sabah Ports, we will apply industry-leading practices to elevate SBCP into a hub port for BIMP-EAGA markets, supported by an ever-growing network of inland container depots, industrial parks, logistics parks and free zones across Sabah.”

The latest partnership is a milestone in the long-term collaboration between DP World and Sabah Ports, with the two companies aiming to improve landside and seaside connectivity throughout Sabah.

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