Malacca, used to be known as the Venice of the Orient, continues to shine as a beautiful capital city of the Western Province of Malaysia. This was one of the world’s trading posts as attested by plenty of foreign travellers, such as Tome Pires, who stated that whoever had control of Malacca had a stranglehold on Europe.
The Straits of Malacca served as a crucial trade link between the East and West, and was a cultural melting pot for Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch and English communities in the state. The port’s strategic importance was also one of the main reasons why the state was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, followed by the Dutch in 1641 before finally resting in the hands of the British in 1824 until Independence on 31 August 1957.
Historically, Kuala Linggi has been hailed as a maritime trading port ever since the 14th century due to its strategic location within close proximity of the Malacca Straits. The name “Kuala Linggi” is derived from the Linggi River, where the word “Linggi” mean “stem” in the Bugis language referring to the bow of a ship where the timber sits between the forward end of the keel and the deck.
The year 2006 marked the birth of a dedicated industrial port, the first and largest of its kind in this region. The port operator, TAG Marine Sdn Bhd (TMSB) received the approval to conduct the said services from the Ministry of Transport.
The gazetted port limit covered an area of 9 x 5 nautical miles (45 sq. nm) equivalent to 18 x 10 km = 180 sq. km at sea off the coast of Kuala Sungai Linggi.
Within the port limit is the Designated Transfer Area (DTA) measuring 5 x 2 nm (10 sq. nm) or 10 x 4 km = 40 sq. km. This area can take up to 13 very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to carry out transshipment of liquid cargo at any one time and still have an ample sea room for maneuvering.
In 2017, following the success of the offshore seaport here, the Government granted an extension of the KLIP port limit to an area equivalent to 30 km long and 10 km at its widest.
In reaching for greater heights and building upon the achievements to date, KLIP is set to offer a myriad of marine services with the extension of the seaport by developing an onshore industrial port. Linggi Base Sdn Bhd (LBSB), the port developer, will develop a 620-acre port to meet market demand in the maritime business.
This development will realise KLIP’s holistic offerings as a sustainable industrial port, bunkering hub and port of refuge situated on the busy Straits of Malacca.
- The Kuala Sungai Linggi Port Limit gazetted by the Ministry of Transport, Malaysia
- Tag Marine embarked on its first off-shore cargo transfer with the approval permit awarded by the Maritime Department, Malaysia
- Tag Marine commenced off-shore bulk oil and gas transfer
- Linggi Base Sdn Bhd was incorporated
- The first Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Lightening Operation (Break Bulking) was successfully completed within the port for one of the global oil majors
- The Kuala Sungai Linggi Port played a supporting role as Port of Refuge for a distress vessel which was transiting Straits of Malacca
- The port had its first VLCC to VLCC Operation
- Implementation of ISO Standard
- Accommodated the entry of TI Europe to perform Lightening Operation and stayed at the port as Floater
- Linggi Base Sdn Bhd was established for onshore development of Kuala Linggi port
- Awarded the ISO 9001 : 2008 (WQA) accreditation
- The port performed its first Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Lightening Operation between very large LNG carriers
- The State Government of Malacca conferred the Reclamation and Development Agreement to Linggi Base Sdn Bhd to develop the reclamation of 620 acre land of Kuala Linggi port
- Ministry of Transport Malaysia recognises Tag Marine Sdn Bhd as the port operator of Kuala Linggi port
- Following the recognition, the Kuala Sungai Linggi Port was rebranded to Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) and launched as an Industrial Port, Bunkering Hub and Port of Refuge
- Establishment of MAL 5230 Chart
- Migrated to ISO 9001:2015 (WQA)
- Extension of Kuala Sungai Linggi Port Limit by Ministry of Transport Malaysia
- Awarded Port Development & Marine Service Excellence (Asia Pacific CSR Council)
- KLIP signed agreement with Euronav to host ULCC for floating storage and auxiliary services
- The State Government of Malacca issued a Development Order for the expansion of KLIP to port developer, Linggi Base Sdn Bhd
- Obtained Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval
- Obtained Earthwork Approval Plan
KLIP expansion with the development of a world-class Industrial Hub which will be a fully-fledged one stop centre that includes ship repair yard, tank farm, marine fabrication yard, general cargo wharf and other marine supporting services