The second stage of the development of the Tuas Terminal has kicked off in Singapore.
Reclamation works for Tuas Terminal Phase 2 commenced with the installation of the first caisson in a ceremony held on July 4.
“The installation of the first caisson for Phase 2 marks an important milestone in the development of the next-generation port at Tuas,” Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, said.
“Tuas Terminal will be digitalised and smart, and integrated with the wider supply chain network. This will be key to maintaining our position as a leading global hub port.”
When fully operational, Tuas Terminal Phase 2 will increase the total port capacity by another 21 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs).
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) plans to develop the next-generation port in four phases. In 2018, MPA awarded the USD 1.1 billion Tuas Terminal Phase 2 reclamation project to a joint venture between Penta-Ocean Construction, Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Boskalis (PHB). This is the largest of the four phases to be reclaimed at 387 hectares. The 8.6 km wharf structure will be constructed with 227 caissons that will be fabricated on site.
All container operations in Singapore are expected to be consolidated at Tuas Terminal by the 2040s. When fully completed, Tuas Terminal will be able to handle up to 65 million TEUs annually.
The Tuas Terminal will be digitalized to optimize processes and enhance information-flow and sharing. As a one-stop portal, MPA’s Maritime Single Window (MSW) will transform reporting and port clearance processes for ships calling at Singapore through data exchange amongst relevant stakeholders. Phase 1 of the MSW will be launched later this year and will streamline processes of agencies such as MPA, National Environment Agency, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
Tuas will also be the first terminal in Singapore to be physically and digitally integrated with the wider supply chain network. CALISTA, PSA’s supply chain platform is an example of a digital solution that will be integrated with the Tuas ecosystem. Such digital connectivity with key industry sectors in Tuas helps improve efficiencies among stakeholders along the supply chain – vessels, cargo owners and logistics service providers – and better coordinate cargo flow.
Lam also announced that MPA will replace its current fleet of patrol vessels with seven next-generation patrol craft. The fleet will be introduced in phases over the next three years to improve seaward operations.