KOTA KINABALU: An additional 290m dock with the depth of 9m will be built in January 2016 as a solution for the shallow water at Sandakan Port, and it is expected to take 28 months to be completed.
The state Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Development, Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar, said the current water depth at the facility is 11m, thus limiting docking for ships.
“Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd has approved a research proposal for a seafloor digging to be carried out at Sandakan Port to handle the problem,” he said during the DUN Assembly.
He was responding to Datuk Au Kam Wah (BN-Elopura) on the machineries and equipments for loading service that are available at Sandakan Port, Karamunting, and the long term plan by the ministry to handle the shallow water level at the jetty.
He said the factor that hinders bigger ships from harbouring at the facility is due to the accumulated sand piles near Kg. Berhala, which is the entrance route to Sandakan Port.
“However, the Sandakan Port and Harbour Department of Sabah is in the process to get more allocation to remove the sand piles,” he explained. -SayangSabah