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Swettenham Pier






Swettenham Pier, PenangSwettenham Pier, Penang (5 June, 2010)



Swettenham Pier (GPS: 5.4187, 100.34499) is the port located on the northeastern tip of George Town. It comprises Swettenham Pier and the newly completed Swettenham Cruise Terminal.

Swettenham Pier was established in 1903, at the height of shipping activity in the Penang Ports. It was named after Frank Athelstane Swettenham (1850-1946), the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States between 1896 and 1901. The port in Klang was named Port Swettenham in his honour.

The new terminal of Swettenham PierThe new terminal of Swettenham Pier (5 June, 2010)

How to go to Swettenham Pier

Swettenham Pier is within walking distance of the Weld Quay Bus Terminal. You can also take Rapid Penang Bus 10, 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301, 302, 303, 307, 401, 401E and 502 to the bus stop near it, and in addition, the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Bus also stops there.

Places of interest in the vicinity of Swettenham Pier

Eateries in the vicinity of Swettenham Pier

About Swettenham Pier

Swettenham Pier has two berths with are 366 meters in length, and have a depth of 9.5 meters. It is the berthing place for cruise liners that call on George Town.

At time of writing (April 2010), Swettenham Pier is at the final stages of an expansion programme which began in May 2006. The expansion was supposed to be completed in November 2007. Unfortunately it was delayed due to technical problems and financial difficulties faced by the main contractor.

360° Street View of Swettenham Pier

Entrance to Swettenham Pier.

The latest date provided for the completion of the expansion programme is now September 2010. The cost has also escalated to RM55.4 million, which means it costs the Federal Government an additional 21 million over the original estimate.

With the expansion of Swettenham Pier, Penang will be able to receive larger cruise ships.

Swettenham Pier Passenger TerminalSwettenham Pier Passenger Terminal (4 April, 2010)


Cruise liner at Swettenham PierCruise liner at Swettenham Pier (4 April, 2010)


Swettenham Pier as seen from the Malayan Railway ClocktowerSwettenham Pier as seen from the Malayan Railway Clocktower (4 April, 2010)


Japanese wharf of Swettenham PierJapanese wharf of Swettenham Pier (5 June, 2010)


Japanese wharf of Swettenham PierJapanese wharf of Swettenham Pier (4 April, 2010)


Old warehouse of Swettenham PierOld warehouse of Swettenham Pier (5 June, 2010)

How to reach Swettenham Pier

From the Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal, just walk north along Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld) and you will reach Swettenham Pier at the corner between Weld Quay and King Edward's Place (Pesara King Edward).

Location of Swettenham Pier on the map

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