Malaysia’s Port Klang Authority said on 15 May it has completed dredging works to deepen the South Channel entrance from 16.5 m to 18.5 m.
The works, which began in November 2014, was completed at end of April, two weeks ahead of schedule.
“The project is aimed to ensure that Port Klang is able to cater to the demand of shipping lines operating a new generation of ultra large container ships of more than 18,000 teu,” Port Klang Authority said in a statement.
Port Klang Authority said the deepened access channel means vessels can enjoy round-the-clock tidal-free access into Port Klang and a quicker turnaround time.
“The 18.5 m channel also ensures that deep-draft vessels are able to transit the port safely with sufficient under-keel clearance,” said Port Klang Authority.