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There are two categories of water transport systems in Sarawak:

a. International and coastal shipping Sarawak’s main ports are in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. Senari Port, the latest, is a new deep-water port at Kampung Senari complements the existing facilities at the Kuching Port Authority. All of Sarawak's ports are well equipped to handle general and bulk cargo dry, liquid and gaseous. With the exception of Bintulu Port (a deep sea-port) which is a Federal Port, the other ports are managed as State Port Authorities.

b. Riverine transport system
Rivers are the lifeblood of Sarawak. The riverine transport system has a great significance to a large section of the population living in the interior and along the coast. It transports passengers and goods to various parts of the State.

Sarawak has a total of 55 navigable rivers with a combined length of 3,300 km. The 567 km-long Rejang river is the longest river in Malaysia. Between 300-500 boats and vessels ply the river daily and about 50% of the traffic is engaged in passenger transportation, the rest are mainly for transportation of goods including logs.

The State prides itself with an economical yet efficient express boat service which connects the various coastal towns. Express boat services also utilize the many waterways inland to get to more rural areas inaccessible by road.

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