The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will develop Tuas Next-Generation Port in four phases. This is the largest of the four phases to be reclaimed at 387 hectares. The 8.6 km wharf structure will be constructed with 227 caissons that will be fabricated on site.
Dr Lam said “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.”
All container operations at Tuas by 2040s
All container operations in Singapore will be consolidated at Tuas Terminal by the 2040s. When fully completed, Tuas Terminal will be able to handle up to 65 million TEUs annually.
The Tuas Terminal Phase 2 project team will use innovative construction methods to boost safety and improve productivity. The project team will also adopt modern construction technology.
The project team will explore using artificial intelligence to monitor the construction site. For example, using facial recognition tools to detect security breaches at entry and exit points, and video analytics to detect unsafe acts and prevent potential injury at the caisson fabrication yard.
Digitalising Port Processes
The Tuas Terminal will also be highly digitalised to optimise processes and enhance information-flow and sharing. As a one-stop portal, MPA’s Maritime Single Window (MSW) will transform reporting and port clearance processes for ships calling at Singapore through data exchange amongst relevant stakeholders. Phase 1 of the MSW will be launched later this year, and will streamline processes of agencies such as MPA, National Environment Agency, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
Tuas Port will also be the first terminal in Singapore to be physically and digitally integrated with the wider supply chain network. Such digital connectivity with key industry sectors in Tuas helps to improve efficiencies among stakeholders along the supply chain – vessels, cargo owners and logistics service providers – and better coordinate cargo flow in a secure and intelligent manner.
MPA’s Next-Generation Security
At the event, Dr Lam also announced that MPA will replace its current fleet of patrol vessels with seven next-generation patrol craft. The fleet – to be equipped with enhanced navigation, surveillance and response capabilities for search and rescue, man-overboard, oil spills and ferry incidents – will be introduced in phases over the next three years to improve seaward operations.
The first six patrol craft are scheduled to be commissioned in February 2020, while a larger enhanced patrol craft will be launched by first quarter of 2021. In addition, MPA will also add two new launches to its fleet, which are designed to enhance the safety of MPA surveyors when conducting ship inspections.