SINGAPORE has officially kicked off the construction at its new Tuas Terminal.
The terminal will boast 20 deep-water berths capable of handling about 20 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per annum under the first development phase. The entire terminal will have a total capacity of up to 65 million TEUs.
The terminal will be developed in four phases over a span of some 30 years, with the Phase 1 reclamation works scheduled to be completed by early 2020s.
A major component of Singapore's Next Generation Port (NGP) vision, Tuas Terminal will incorporate new features such as optimising land use by utilising both above and underground spaces for complementary purposes such as storage facilities; enhancing the safety and security of the port waters via a next-generation traffic management system; and increasing productivity and reducing labour costs through the use of technology such as automated yard cranes and port equipment.
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan marked the initiation ceremony on Friday by launching the first caisson. In total, 222 such caissons will form the permanent wharf structure.
With each caisson 28 metres tall and equivalent to the height of a 10-storey HDB block, the caissons designed for Tuas Terminal Phase 1 are among the largest in the world.
"The Tuas Terminal is a centrepiece of Singapore's NGP vision and demonstrates our strong commitment to strengthening and sustaining our leadership position as a global hub port and International Maritime Centre. Additionally, we hope that complex projects of this scale can inspire the next generation of engineers to join the profession and help shape our future," said Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's chief executive, Andrew Tan.