Maersk begins construction on new distribution centre in Singapore

Maersk begins construction of new distribution centre in Singapore

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is launching a new 1.1 million square-feet distribution centre in Jurong West to strengthen its omnichannel-fulfillment capabilities in Singapore.

The World Gateway 2 inaugural ceremony was held on 19 July 2023, and it is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2025.

Strategically located in the industrial area with direct access to major highway, Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), the facility has convenient access to Tuas Mega Port and Changi International Airport.

It is also within close proximity to World Gateway 1, currently Singapore’s largest automated and customs bonded warehouse.

The new distribution centre is designed to have a capacity of 30,000 pallet Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS), with a large floorplate of 160,000 square-feet.

This multi-story facility will have a high ceiling with 11-metre clear height per floor, suitable for dense storage and automation.

Equipped with ample loading bays and container parking places to manage peak season volumes, Maersk explained in a statement that the centre will cater to the booming e-commerce fulfilment needs, as well as offering logistics solutions for different industries.

“Maersk’s World Gateway 2 regional distribution centre will increase Singapore’s capacity and capabilities to support omnichannel fulfilment in Southeast Asia,” said Chairman of Singapore Economic Development Board, Png Cheong Boon.

“With extensive use of automation and robotics systems, it will be one of the most productive warehouses in Singapore and will also create many skilled and high value jobs in technology, digitalisation, data analytics and e-commerce.”

This new facility will be both LEED Platinum – and Green Mark Platinum – certified for its outstanding design and performance in environmental aspects, Maersk reported.

It will be equipped with motion sensor-LED lights, solar panels, composite panel façade system for building insulation, and building management system for energy efficiency.

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Dominic Gates, CEO of Omnichannel-fulfilment, Maersk Asia Pacific, further stated: “Our powerful omnichannel-fulfilment solutions enable our customers to have predictability, visibility, and efficiency in their supply chain, improving their profitability and brand reputation in today’s complicated marketplace.

“Expanding the warehousing footprint and omnichannel-fulfilment competence is essential to our strategic growth, and we’re very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

This announcement comes just over a week after Maersk announced the delivery of the world’s first containership powered by green methanol.

In the same week, Maersk announced its plans to implement an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled robotic solution in its latest UK warehouse in East Midlands.

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