Abstract: In the seaport industry, the port operators need to undertake maintenance dredging to maintain depths of its harbour basin and navigational channels for the safety of the vessels against the accumulation of marine sediments. For a successful maintenance dredging project, appropriate types of procurement systems must be employed by the port operators. This study provides an overview of the procurement systems used for maintenance dredging projects at two Malaysian seaports, i.e., Johor Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas. Structured interview with respondents from the procurement department and technical department of both ports were employed to elicit relevant information and data. Two types of procurement system that is competitive bid and direct award are implemented in both ports. The selection of procurement system depends on factors such as condition of channel, complexity, size, price and time urgency of the maintenance dredging project. For recurring maintenance dredging, competitive bid is employed, whereas for emergency maintenance dredging, direct award is typically used by both port operators.
Azeanita Suratkon, Muhammad Afiq Tambichik, Chee-Ming Chan and Suaathi Kalianathan, 2018. Procurement System for Maintenance Dredging Projects in Malaysian Seaports. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 13: 8870-8874. Asian Journal of Information Technology, 18: 250-260.