Penang Port

Primary Gateway of Malaysia & Thailand

Penang Port Sdn Bhd (“Penang Port”) is located in the state of Penang, in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia.

Known as the oldest and longest established port in Malaysia, Penang Port paved a boutique role by serving as the primary gateway to the Northern region of Malaysia and Southern Thailand,  serving the basins of the Straits of Malacca and the Gulf of Bengal.

Penang Port as a Hub Since 1994

Pursuant to the privatisation agreement dated  31 December 1993 (Privatisation Agreement) entered between the Government of Malaysia, Penang Port Commission and Penang Port sdn Bhd,  Penang Port shall operate, manage, provide operational facilities, and port services in the Port of Penang to control, maintain, construct, improve,  and develop the Port commencing 1 January 1994.

Penang Port houses a plethora of services, lending itself well as a multipurpose port that provides unique value towards the growth of industries in Penang. Being situated in Penang is also a major  game-changer, as Penang is strategically linked to the Indonesia – Malaysia – Thailand Growth Triangle.

The IMT-Growth Triangle promotes private-sector led economic growth, facilitates the development of the sub-region as a whole by addressing complementarities and comparative advantages of the member countries.

Free Commercial Zone (FCZ)

Penang Port’s terminal, the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) was gazetted as a Free Commercial Zone (FCZ) on 1 February 2021, which enables Penang Port to be the focal point for shipping and transhipment activities.

Penang Port will capitalise on its FCZ status to tap into the Bay of Bengal market by undertaking transhipment activities for containers moving between the Bay of Bengal and the Far-East.

Specialised in Conventional Cargo

Penang Port also plays a niche role in the handling of conventional cargoes – which focuses on Break Bulk, Dry Bulk and Liquid Bulk Cargo, with clear emphasis on dangerous goods and edible oils.

Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) as a Tourism Hub

Penang also promotes Seamless Cruise-to-Tourism access through our leverage at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal – which has emerged as the busiest port of call in Malaysia for cruise.

With only a 200-metre walk to Penang’s state capital, George Town, tourist can venture to one of Malaysia’s gastronomic capitals for its distinct and ubiquitous street food, unique cultural heritage, and the financial centre of northern Malaysia and the nation’s most vital medical tourism hub.

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SPCT: Modern Luxury Meets History

The SPCT is the latest terminal in Penang Port, which began in 2010 after a major rebuild. It has a main berth that is 820 metres in length with a water depth of 11 metres, capable of handling two Oasis-class vessels with 12,000 passengers at one time.

It also has two inner berths; north and south. The north inner berth is able to accommodate a 270 metres vessel (maximum size) with a depth of 10 metres, while the south inner berth is able to accommodate a 100 metres vessel (maximum size) with a depth of 5.5 metres.

Since 2010, SPCT has handled more than 1 million passengers, with the bulk of this traffic coming from the handling of international and local cruises including the “Cruise to Nowhere”.