Malaysia’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has recruited Middle East ports veteran Mark Hardiman as its new CEO.

Hardiman succeeds Marco Neelsen, who stepped down from the helm of Malaysia’s biggest container transshipment port after a seven-year stint.

Hardiman joins PTP from Salalah Port in Oman, where he was CEO since 2019. He brings to PTP 29 years of port sector experience in seven countries across three continents, including South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Belgium, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman.

“Mark is a dynamic, values-driven business leader who has a diverse background of experiences and an excellent track record of delivery in the global port, maritime and logistics industry. PTP is looking forward to Mark realising the full potential of PTP as one of the leading regional transshipment hubs in the Straits of Malacca which delivers long-term growth and value for all its stakeholders,” said PTP chairman Khalib Mohamad Noh.

PTP, located in Johor just across from Singapore and currently ranked 15th among the world’s top container ports, has a capacity to handle 13m teu annually.

The port’s container terminal is operated by a joint venture between Malaysian utilities infrastructure group MMC Corporation and APM Terminals.

“I am honoured to be part of PTP, an established regional transshipment hub with a long and successful track record in the industry. I look forward to working with the board of directors and the team and am confident in our ability to achieve our growth plans and further cement our strong relations with our clients,” said Hardiman.

Located just opposite Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia is the main Southeast Asian transshipment port for Evergreen and AP Moller Maersk. Photo: Port of Tanjung Pelepas