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NDR 2022: Tuas Port will be world’s largest fully automated port when completed in 20 years

When Phase 1 of port operations at Tuas Port is fully operational in 2027, the port will have 21 deep-water berths that can handle 20 million TEUs annually, said MOT in the factsheet.

The first two berths started operations on schedule in December 2021, and three more berths will be operational by December this year, the factsheet read.

Container port operator PSA expects to move over all of its operations at Tanjong Pagar, Keppel and Brani Terminals to Tuas Port by 2027, and operations at Pasir Panjang Terminal will be consolidated at Tuas Port by the 2040s, said MOT in the factsheet.

Ships from all around the world are calling at Tuas Port, said Mr Lee in his speech.

“Because we had planned ahead, our port was able to handle extra volumes during the pandemic, while ports in other countries experienced closures, severe congestion and long delays. But PSA, our port remained open 24/7 throughout,” he added.

“And we reinforced Singapore’s position as the ‘catch-up port’ because this is where vessels can make up time for delays elsewhere.”

Singapore handled a record high of 37.5 million TEUs in 2021 and kept its position as the world’s busiest transhipment hub, he noted.

In moving to Tuas, port operations have been modernised and upgraded, said Mr Lee.

The new port is automated and digitalised, and uses artificial intelligence to coordinate operations more seamlessly, like vessel traffic management and port clearance. Instead of trucks with drivers, the new port deploys a fleet of driverless automated guided vehicles, said Mr Lee. 
PSA will deploy a private 5G network to support 5G-enabled automated guided vehicles and automated cranes at Tuas Port and the current Pasir Panjang Terminal, said MOT in the factsheet.

PSA is also exploring the future use of 5G in cargo handling operations, the factsheet read. The container port operator aims for Tuas Port to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, said the Transport Ministry.

“This smooth transition owes much to our port workers, unions, PSA and MPA. Management and unions worked hand-in-glove to retrain workers and help them adapt to new working environments,” said the Prime Minister.

“And on their part, workers picked up new skills, upgraded themselves and became more productive.”

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