In a difficult year for the industry, in which many shipping lines and ports faced double-digit drops in volume, PTP chairman Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman said PTP closed 2009 with a container throughput of 6 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) – 7.5% higher than in 2008.

This was achieved with lower overall costs given considerable pressure on rates during this period, port officials said.

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“We are fortunate to be one of very few ports in the world that recorded an increase in container volumes in 2009,” said Mr Sidik.

However, he predicted a challenging year ahead, with a continued focus on cost management by ports and shipping lines.