SANDAKAN, (March 15) — Sandakan Port has become the third port in the state to have a Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) tower, after Sepanggar and Lahad Datu.
Construction of the RM60 million tower was completed in August last year.
In his speech at its official launch here Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the tower’s VTMS can track vessels 40 nautical miles away and keep records of vessel and sea movements for six months.
“The tower will help enhance navigational safety by raising the port agency’s effectiveness, which in turn will help boost the state’s economy,” he said, adding it will support the work of related maritime enforcement agencies including the marine police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Royal Malaysian Navy.
Similar towers at Tawau and Kimanis are expected to be completed this year, he said. — BERNAMA