Singapore’s next phase

The newest phase of Singapore container terminal was opened on Tuesday this week.

A few of the planned 15 berths in Phases 3 and 4 of the Pasir Panjang Terminal are operational.

The rest of the S$3.5 billion ($2.6 billion) project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, pushing Singapore’s annual container handling capacity to 50 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), said Singapore’s main container terminal operator PSA. The 6,000 metres of quay length and (up to) 18 metres draft are specifically designed to serve the next generation mega container ships that are now servicing Singapore.

All of these new berths at Pasir Panjang Terminal are able to handle vessels with the capacity of more than 10,000 twenty foot containers (TEU).

“This project also reflects our philosophy … always to scan the horizon, discern the trends, plan and invest ahead of time, said Fock Siew Wah, group chief executive officer of PSA International.

Besides being able to handle the new megaships, the new terminals will also have a container yard with automated rail-mounted gantry cranes. These cranes stack containers with the help of computers, sensors
and cameras. They are electrically-powered and have zero emissions.

This upgrade will raise Singapore’s handling capacity to 65mil TEUs annual, almost double what moved through the port last year.
Singapore is the world’s second busiest container port after Shanghai in China, which took over Singapore in 2010.
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