It was another morning of brilliant and clear sunshine and whilst making the breakfast in our hotel room I couldn't resist taking another shot of the container terminal where a Maersk Line ship was unloading. She was the Lexa Maersk and it looks from MarineTraffic as if she is on a regular run between New Zealand ports and Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.
Established in 1999 Tanjung Pelepas has grown rapidly to become the 16th largest container port in the world and handled over 7.7 million 20 foot equivalent containers in 20112. The port is close to the shipping lanes on which Singapore grew rich and it has rapidly become an important trans-shipment hub. The port straddles the Europe-Asia, the Inter Asia, the Pacific and the Asia-Australasia shipping lanes and is 30% owned by Maersk, the world's largest container shipping group. It has no tidal restrictions, a big deepwater channel and is well protected from adverse weather conditions. It is presumably also cheaper to operate than Singapore.