16 April 2021
Online Talk on “Development of Inland Waterways Transport System in Malaysia”


Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Time: 3.00pm - 5.30 pm
Venue: ZOOM Application
Speaker: Prof. Ir. Dr. Ab Saman Abd. Kader, UTM


Rivers and lakes exist naturally due to geographical location and terrain while the canals were constructed by human for reasons. These are all known as inland waterways system where they exist for many functions and purposes. One of the important roles the IWS is to provide the opportunity for potential inland transportation for the carriage of passengers, cargo, and tourist for tourism industry.

In some parts of the world IWTS are still operated for many benefits such as environmentally as well economically. In Malaysia too, a few rivers are still in use for navigation as an alternative mode of transport whenever feasible. While many existing IWS in Malaysia can be maintained, improved and extended for better benefits, a new potential can be identified to be proposed for development to make ways for multiple benefits that the country can materialize for the movement of passengers, cargo and even for tourism activities for economic well-being of this industry. This paper highlight on the potential of IWS in Malaysia to be turned into IWTS for much greater benefits all around.

About Speaker

Prof. Ir. Dr. Ab Saman Abd. Kader, graduated with Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering from Indonesian Maritime Academy, Jakarta in 1983. He also holds Certificate of Competence Part A (Marine Engineer) from the same in 1983. He then obtained Master’s degree in Shipping and Maritime Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1989. After that he obtained Ph. D in Marine Transport (Inland Waterways Development Model) from Liverpool John Moores University in 1997.

He is currently served as Professor in Marine Transport System at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He used to sail on board a ship for a year internship program and later joining UTM as an academic staff since 1983 until today. He has taught several undergraduate courses in Marine Technology Program at UTM and Marine Safety Environment and Maritime Law at post graduate level.

Apart from engaging student in teaching and learning, he has also involved in several marine related R&D, Consultancies, Short Courses, Audits as well as being in various management positions at UTM. Previously, he was Director of Marine Technology Centre of UTM.

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