Singapore reveals Tuas schedule

The Tuas Terminal mega port will commence its first phase of operations in 2021 with two berths for ships, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said.

MPA also said the 221st and final caisson had been installed on 23 April, according to Channel News Asia (CNA). MPA said the installation of the final caisson was “critical” as it enabled the completion of the wharf construction and for the first few berths to be operationally ready.

The usage of caissons compared to conventional piling to create a deep foundation results in improved quality of the wharf structure, added MPA. The authority added that the foundational land created from land reclamation processes and the laying of caissons will be transferred to PSA, so that the port operator can begin construction on container yards and terminal facilities.

MPA also said that the two berths at Tuas Terminal will operate alongside existing container terminals at Pasir Panjang, Keppel and Brani which will be progressively shut down when their leases expire and Singapore’s port operations are consolidated at Tuas Terminal from 2027.

PSA told CNA that the berths at Tuas will increase its total handling capacity and complement current port operations. They will be able to handle what it describes as “mega container vessels”, including “the world’s largest container vessel”, PSA added.

Construction for Phase 1 of Tuas Terminal commenced in April 2016.. Tuas Terminal will continue to be developed in another three phases, and is targeted to be fully operational from 2040.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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