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Malaysian port commences wood pellet shipments

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Tanjung Bruas Port, a member of MMC Group, has started wood pellet shipments from its terminal in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia.

This marks the first-ever shipment of wood pellets through the port. A total volume of 10,200 tonnes of pellets was shipped from Tanjung Bruas Port on 29 April and arrived safely in the Port of Gunsan, South Korea, on 9 May. Going forward, pellet shipments from the port to South Korea will increase to two calls per month.

Tanjung Bruas Port can handle a variety of cargo ranging from dry bulk cargo such as gypsum (a type of mineral) and palm kernel shells; breakbulk cargo such as steel coil; and liquid bulk cargo such as lubricant base oil and ammonia gas.

“This inaugural wood pellet shipment from Tanjung Bruas Port is a clear testament to its capability in handling a variety of cargo and to reach customers not only domestically, but also internationally,” said Derick Basir, director of Tanjung Bruas Port.

“In terms of the time taken for the wood pellet operation, the port did well despite bad weather, with only 88.8 operational hours required to successfully complete the whole process.”

Andy Eng, managing director of Living Nature, the cargo owner and exporter, commented: “The wood pellet shipment from Malacca to South Korea was a success in which Tanjung Bruas Port’s capabilities and operational efficiency in handling the wood pellets made for an overall smooth and satisfactory shipping process.

“We are excited to see the port’s growth in the near future as we strongly believe that Tanjung Bruas Port has a big potential to be the gateway port for the area’s industry players and its surrounding businesses.”

With more countries opting for biomass energy, Malaysia has the potential to become a biomass energy hub and Tanjung Bruas Port will continue to support the nation to be one of the region’s largest wood pellet suppliers.