A second phase of development at the Port of Tuas, Singapore’s next-generation trade hub, has commenced.
The installation of the first caisson at Tuas Terminal, kicking off the next stage of the project, was celebrated on July 4 at a ceremony attended by Dr. Lam Pin Min, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health.
Once all four stages of the massive endeavour are completed, it is said that Tuas Terminal will be capable of handling up to 65 million TEU a year.
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According to a statement, the second phase is the largest of the four reclamation projects and will involve the construction of an 8.6-kilometre wharf with 227 caissons, all of which are to be manufactured on site.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has also revealed that innovative construction methods will be used to improve both safety and productivity, especially for those working beneath steel bars and heavy equipment.
Installation of the first casisson for Tuas Port Phase 2 (Credit: MPA Singapore)
Techniques that may be utilized include artificial intelligence, which can help those overseeing the project to monitor the construction site and detect any risks to the safety of workers.
In addition to this, the Tuas terminal is being built with high levels of digitization in mind; MPA’s Maritime Single Window (MSW) aims to “optimize processes and enhance information-flow”, making reporting and port clearance easier for ships calling at Singapore.
Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, witnessed the commencement of Tuas Port Phase Two with the installation of the first caisson today!https://t.co/dI9cfVCZSh#MPA #MaritimeSG #TuasPort #NextGenPort pic.twitter.com/IfYHAxRjWN
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Tuas will also be the first facility of its kind in the nation to be physically and digitally integrated with the CALISTATM supply chain platform, enabling connectivity with key industries in Tuas and boosting efficiency for the various stakeholders throughout Tuas’ logistics network.
Dr. Lam commented on the next stage of the project: “The installation of the first caisson for Phase 2 marks an important milestone in the development of the next-generation port at Tuas.
“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.”