PSA Singapore has broken its productivity record after it handled 13,227 containers – 22,761 TEU – during the call of ‘Manila Maersk’ on 3 May 2021.
In a statement, PSA Singapore said it was the most TEU it has handled in a single call, overtaking the previous high of 12,481 containers – 21,455 TEU – achieved on the Metter Maersk in 2020.
The high amount of volume was caused, according to PSA Singapore, by the suspension of the Suez Canal and subsequent supply chain disruption.
The 20,000 TEU ‘Manila Maersk’ increased its transhipment volume and designated PSA Singapore a port of call as part of a contingency plan to reconnect transhipment containers.
The vessel also loaded numerous empty containers from PSA Singapore to meet the surge in demand in Thailand, which played a major part in creating the high volume in this single vessel call.
Despite a part stay of 58 hours, PSA Singapore said its team at Pasir Panjang Terminal were well-prepared and demonstrated the “stamina and tenacity needed” to allow the vessel to leave on time.
PSA Regional CEO Southeast Asia Ong Kim Pong said, “At the most challenging moments, the team achieved a very purposeful feat. I am very proud of all of you and PSA Singapore for this amazing accomplishment.”