Swettenham Pier (GPS: 5.4187, 100.34499) is the port located on the northeastern tip of George Town. It comprises Swettenham Pier and the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, which was completed in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
Updates on Swettenham Pier
9 October, 2018 The Star reported that the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal will undergo a RM155 million expansion in order to handle 1.7 million passengers a year by 2021, and 12,000 passengers at any one time.
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