PSA Corporation Ltd. (PSA) inaugurated the first phase of Tuas port operations in Singapore on September 1st. The inauguration involved opening the first three berths, which were built under phase one of the Tuas Port’s development program. Parts of the port are still under construction and will become completely operational by 2040. The completed port will have an annual cargo handling capacity of 65 million TEU.
The new port is expected to cement the position of Singapore as the biggest Transshipment hub in Asia. The port has a draft of 23 m and a total berth length of about 26 km, which will significantly increase the cargo handling capacity of Singapore. PSA expects 5 berths to be operational by this year’s end, which will allow the port to handle the largest container ships in the world.
Singapore is hailing Tuas as the world’s largest fully automated container port. The quay cranes are automated and can be operated remotely from a control center. Data analytics and digitalization are also ingrained into the port’s modular design. This allows the port to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning for better management of the port’s operations. Sustainability is also a prevalent theme in the construction of the port as the port has a smart power grid and eco-friendly buildings and provisions for powering most of the port operations with electricity.