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New units of cranes to beef up port operations

Panamax Class Ship-to-Shore Container Quay Cranes (QC)

BINTULU: The commissioning of two new units of Panamax Class Ship-to-Shore Container Quay Cranes (QC) and eight units of Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG) will beef up Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd’s (BPSB) container handling capabilities and services.

Its chief executive officer Dato Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad when speaking during the handing over of the equipment by Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd to BPSB yesterday said it would definitely serve BPSB’s customers well in meeting their needs.

“We will endeavour to deploy more equipment and improve our operating systems to reduce vessel turnaround time and improve our productivity including hauler turnaround time,” said Mior.

He said it was also very significant to Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) to provide additional equipment to its container handling fleet so as to be ready in serving the growing customer operational demands, in line with BPSB vision to be a world class port.

“We are currently reviewing the implementation of a new container terminal operating system and reengineering the process flow.

“We are also currently implementing recruitment programme to beef-up manpower requirement,” added Mior.

Furthermore, with the commissioning of these equipment, he said BICT will undertake to refurbish and retrofit the current fleet of QCs and RTGs in its effort to improve its availability and reliability.

Prior to this, BICT is only equipped with among others two units Post-Panamax Container Quay Cranes and six units of RTGs.

To improve its fleet of cranes, BPSB awarded Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd with two contracts to supply, deliver, test and commission the eight units of RTGs and two units Panamax Class QCs on March 24, 2011 after a tender process and rigorous selection criteria.

Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd later delivered the equipment in two phases.

Mior, therefore on behalf of BPSB, thanked all the government support agencies namely Royal Customs Department, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida), Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) that had directly or indirectly contributed to the success of the project.

Meanwhile for Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd, he hoped that they would ensure that the cranes were well maintained and be continuously available for their operational needs.

“To users, we appreciate your continuous support and for patronising our services where we endeavour to continuously serve you better and efficiently while maintaining competitive tariff structure,” said Mior.

Among those present were Harbour-Link Group Bhd managing director Francis Yong Piaw Soon, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd vice-president Huang Qing Feng, Bintulu Port Authority operations assistant general manager Captain Zakhir Khan Yusop, BICT senior manager Ir Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahab and Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd project manager Kok Giok Huat.

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Bintulu to introduce new parking coupons next year

BINTULU: Effective Jan 1, 2013, Bintulu Division will be introducing scratch parking coupons to replace the current tab coupons in an effort to provide motorists with better services.

The general manager of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Datu Mohidin Ishak said the new coupons would be sold at 50sen per hour.

He said the current tab coupons (20sen, 50sen and 80sen) at per half an hour rate have been used since 1997.

“We announced this in advance so that motorists would know about it, however, those who still have the tab coupons can continue to use them until the end of the year,” he said.

Mohidin said this to media after officiating at the launch of Motorcycle Wheel Lock bays, which is under the Safe City Programme, in front of the KWSP premises here recently.

He added the new coupon is easy to use and at a cheaper rate.

“There are about 3,700 parking spaces that require the coupons in Bintulu and we plan to gazette some more parking spaces in the near future as there are still many yet to be gazetted,” he said.

He said it is important to gazette the parking space to prevent some car owners from taking up these spaces the whole day, as these parking bays are supposed to give convenience to all motorists.

At the same time it would also better facilitate the traffic police to regulate the parking situation in the town, he added.

“Last year some 20 cases were brought to court involving the failure of car owners to pay the parking compound and other parking offences will also be taken into account,” said Mohidin.

Nevertheless, he said BDA board had agreed to offer 20 per cent discount on parking compounds that were paid within three working days.

Besides, he said seasonal parking coupons (monthly) are still in use, similar to the approach being implemented by big cities like Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

Daily coupon priced at RM6.35 is also introduced by BDA.

Also present at the event were BDA Local Authority secretary cum senior manager for Environment Section, Wan Ibrahim Wan Ali; BDA Properties manager Sairi Naim; Bintulu police chief Superintendent Madang Usat; Bintulu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Sia Hiong Ngie and Bintulu Safe City secretary cum planning unit manager Weslley Mancha.




International standard bowling centre in Bintulu beckons

NEW ATTRACTION: The centre will also have pool tables and some other relaxing recreational games.

BINTULU: As Bintulu Commerce Square at Parkcity Commercial Centre rises from the ground, it will house the 30,000 sq ft of one of the most modern, hip and up to date bowling centres in East Malaysia.

Being MegaLanes’ second centre in Sarawak, after MegaLanes East in Miri, the directors together with their passionate staff are investing more than RM4.5 million for the development of the centre to ensure it will be one of its kind and a new pride for the people of Bintulu and the state.

It is definitely something well achievable for the vastly experienced MegaLanes team as proven by their many other centres throughout Malaysia such as MegaLanes Kuantan and the ultimate arena for bowling in the country, MegaLanes Sunway Pyramid.

“The centre will be designed with fun energetic themes and can be transformed into a cosmic bowling themed centre with just a click of a button to cater for mysterious glow-in-the-dark moonlight bowling,” said Sarawak Land (Kemena Park) Sdn Bhd director Troy Yaw Chee Weng.

He added with availability of glow-in-the-dark bowling balls now in the market, patrons will experience a hyper-space adrenaline rush, climax to galactic highs and leave bowlers with a tingling addiction to come back for more.

Well stocked bowling pro-shop will also be located in the centre with new released bowling balls, equipment and accessories. Certified IBPSIA (International Bowling Pro-shop and Instructors Association) will be available to fit, map and drill your ball to performance specification standards.

Yaw said the centre will also have pool tables and other relaxing recreational games.

“To quench your thirst and fulfil your tongue desires, just pop by at the centre’s snack bar. Menus fit for kings will be made available as you fill your tummy at the dining area and feel like a pharaoh being served by friendly customer oriented personnel,” he added.

According to him, family events such as birthdays and anniversaries, corporate functions like inter-department or in-house department one day bowling events can also be organised in the centre. “Equipped with public address systems together with well-trained service assistants, whatever occasion you choose to hold in the centre will be a huge memorable success,” he added.

Tenpin bowling dates back as far as 3200 B.C. when primitive bowling pins and balls were found by archaeologists in an Egyptian boy’s grave.

More than 5200 years overdue, the wait is coming to an end for Bintulu as tenpin bowling will arrive at her shores.