Published: 31 May 2018
Malacca Port Authority’s GM Message
I am pleased to welcome you to Malacca Port Authority website.
Malacca’s history dates back to the 15th century as a maritime powerhouse and trading centre at the crossroads of the East-West shipping route. The spice and silk trade between Far East, India and Europe flourished with Malacca taking centre stage as a multicultural trading post besides often being a subject of political tussle between the Portuguese, Dutch and British as a means to control the strategic Malacca Straits sea lane. Malacca glory days continued until the 19th century when other parts of Peninsular Malaysia witnessed rapid growth in commodities and industrialisation.
In the modern era, the Port of Malacca was opened in 1978 at a new location at Tanjung Bruas, about 10 km south of the city. Serving a hinterland encompassing Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Northern Johor, the port handles mainly general cargo and liquid bulk providing a gateway for shipment of manufactured goods, commodities and minerals. Famous for its colourful historical past, Malacca is also a popular tourist destination as the port receives many international cruise ships.
Malacca Port Authority as the regulatory body oversees the development planning of the port and works closely with the State Government of Malacca and the Ministry of Transport to implement port projects within the port area, in addition to prescribing and monitoring the safety, security and environmental standards. The current port operator, Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd is responsible for the day to day operations in providing port services and maintenance of facilities.
Despite its limited facilities and market dominance of nearby major ports, Malacca Port registered a healthy growth of 34.6% in 2017, handling 867,800 fwt. Future projects in the pipeline include a dedicated international cruise terminal and liquid bulk facilities for petroleum products
With Malaysia’s economy poised for continued growth in the coming years, Malacca Port is destined to develop into a key regional maritime centre given its strategic location along the Maritime Silk Road and rediscover its past glory that once brought much fame centuries ago.
Enjoy browsing through our website and feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Capt. K. Subramaniam
Malacca Port Authority