Phase 1 of the Tuas Terminal project, which upon completion will boast 20 deep-water berths capable of handling about 20 million TEUs per year, was launched today, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said.
The entire mega-terminal will have a total capacity of up to 65 million TEUs, incorporating new features such as optimized land use, enhanced safety and security of port waters via advanced traffic management system and automated yard cranes.
The first caisson was launched today by Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport. In total, 222 such caissons will form the permanent wharf structure. Each caisson is 28 meters tall and equivalent to the height of a 10-storey HDB block.
The Tuas Terminal will be developed in four phases over the span of some 30 years, with the Phase 1 reclamation works scheduled to be completed by the early 2020s.
In February 2015, the MPA appointed Daelim Joint Venture (DIAP) to carry out the works for the Phase 1 including the land reclamation of 294 hectares, dredging the Tuas basin and Temasek Fairway, as well as constructing the wharf structure.
“The Tuas Terminal is a centerpiece of Singapore’s Next Generation Port vision and demonstrates our strong commitment to strengthening and sustaining our leadership position as a global hub port and International Maritime Centre. Additionally, we hope that complex projects of this scale can inspire the next generation of engineers to join the profession and help shape our future,” MPA Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, comments.