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Dredging works at Senari Port expected to be completed by Aug next year
Posted on : 08 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post online

Dredging works at Senari Port expected to be completed by Aug next year

November 8, 2018, Thursday


Kamarudin (centre), Mohd Syafiq (left) and Zamakshari at the press conference.

KUCHING: Dredging works along Sarawak River around the Senari Terminal worth RM420 million are going on smoothly and are expected to be completed by August next year.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said the project started in November last year.

He said the contractors intended to complete the 43km dredging works much earlier.

“The waterway once the dredging is completed will be nine metres deep at the normal water level from the current five metres.

“The waterway with the width of 160 to 180 metres will allow bigger vessels to pass through even if the water level is low,” he said.

Kamarudin was met by reporters at a press conference while on a working visit to the Sarawak Road Transport Department (RTD) Complex at KM18.5, Kuching-Serian Road yesterday afternoon.

He added that when the port is ready it will be on 24-hour operation, which will give a significant impact to the business community and economy around Kuching City.

“Even though there are challenges that the contractors will face especially on big rocks at the riverbed, they are confident that they will be able to do it,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the request by RTD Sarawak for upgrading of the department’s facilities in Sarawak, Kamarudin said the Transport Ministry would look into the matter.

“We will do it based on priorities, whatever there are allocations that we can work on. We will look into this matter seriously,” he said.

Apart from that, he said the Ministry of Transport and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) hoped to see reduction in road accidents in the country.

“The rate of death through road accidents has not been good.

“We want more awareness to ensure that the death toll from accidents is reduced by a big margin, and this is the ministry’s priority,” he said.

Among others at the press conference were RTD deputy director-general Zamakshari Hanipah and Sarawak RTD director Mohd Shafiq Anas Abdullah.

Earlier, Kamarudin visited the Marine Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Today, he will be at Kuching International Airport.