Malaysia-based MMC Group unit Johor Port (JPB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) to collaborate on the establishment of new roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) activities and shipping connectivity between a selection of their respective ports.

The MoU is based on a strategic logistics collaboration between both ports.

It is slated to cover ports operated by Pelindo I in Aceh and Sumatra in Indonesia, as well as MMC Group-operated ports situated in Peninsular Malaysia, collectively known as MMC Ports.

"Collaboration with Pelindo I serves as a catalyst that will enhance the development and further quality improvement efforts in our port operations, competencies and efficiencies."

The MMC Ports comprise JPB and Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Northport, as well as Penang Port and Tanjung Bruas Port in Melaka, Malaysia.

The MoU will also see JPB and Pelindo I explore the potential for further cooperation and other opportunities in various areas of port and logistics business, including the operation and management of both new and existing ports, in addition to joint collaboration on the development of new ports.

JPB chairman Dato’ Sri CheKhalib Mohamad Noh said: “JPB is part of Malaysia’s largest port operator and holds various expertise in ports management with over 40 years’ experience.

“Collaboration with Pelindo I serves as a catalyst that will enhance the development and further quality improvement efforts in our port operations, competencies and efficiencies alongside other international players, which is in line with JPB’s vision to become the most efficient and integrated multi-purpose port in the region.”

Furthermore, the MoU covers a synergistic collaboration that will see JPB and Pelindo I share their experience and knowledge in the fields of port training services, consultation on container and conventional operations, and collaboration on inter-port logistics services, as well as a sister port partnership programme.