19th June 2020 BINTULU: Bintulu Port’s Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) along with SITC Container Lines (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (SITC) celebrated the maiden voyage of China-Malaysia-Vietnam (CMV) Service today following the berth of MV. Bahamian Express at BICT. The said berth signifies the launching of SITC’s latest service route, known as CMV Service, to further enhance the connectivity between Bintulu and other major ports within the Intra Asia Trade Route.
SITC Container Lines made its inaugural call to Malaysia, at BICT, Bintulu Port back in September 2014 and they have been growing and expanding their service routes to cater for the supply and demand chain in the region. Despite the slower than usual global supply chain activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, SITC has proven that they can weather the storm by adapting and generating new service routes to stay afloat during these tough times.
Present was the Group Chief Executing Officer of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of Bintulu Port Sdn. Bhd., Tuan Haji Yusof Ibrahim, and General Manager, Group Corporate Planning and Development, Mr. Eizam Ismail to congratulate SITC Container Lines (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd.’s General Manager, Mr. Marco Xu, on the maiden voyage call for CMV Service at BICT.
This CMV Service offers a direct and fast service connecting Bintulu with Ho Chi Minh, Qui Nhon, Shanghai, Ningbo, Dalian, Xingang and Qingdao and covers main ports in Borneo region, including Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Sandakan, Tawau，Lahad Datu and Labuan via transhipment in BICT. This will benefit local manufacturers in Sarawak and Sabah, especially Samalaju Industrial Park’s investors within Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in terms of reduced transit time as well as cost effective logistics arrangement.
SITC’s selection on BICT for this service signifies SITC’s confidence in Bintulu Port operational performance. A joint marketing effort between Bintulu Port Sdn. Bhd. (BPSB) and SITC will be carried out to simultaneously promote the CMV service and to attract more transhipment container volume to BICT, especially the import of rice from Vietnam to East Malaysia. Ultimately, the new shipping service will enhance Sarawak’s and the nation’s port competitiveness within the industry.
BPSB recognises SITC’s efforts in making new service call and will continuously improve its service and facilities to ensure port users can benefit from efficient port turnarounds.
MV. Bahamian Express berthed at Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT)
From Left to Right: Mr. Panjian General Manager Container for SITC Logistic (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd., Hj. Yusof Hj.Ibrahim, Chief Operating Officer Bintulu Port Sdn. Bhd., Dato Medan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer, Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Mr. Marco Xu, General Manager for SITC Container Lines (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd. Mr. Abdul Razak Bin Ismail, Senior Manager Container Terminal and Mr. Eizam Ismail, General Manager Group Corporate Planning and Development.