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Work begins on world's largest automated terminal in Singapore


Singapore has broken ground on Tuas port that will become the world's biggest fully automated terminal at full buildout with an annual container handling capacity of 65 million TEU and 26 kilometres of deepwater berths. The gateway will be operated by PSA.
"Because the port will be on a completely greenfield site, we can design from a clean slate and make innovation and sustainability key features," Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The first berths at the port are expected to begin operations in 2021 with PSA transferring all the business from its Tanjong Pagar, Keppel and Brani city terminals to Tuas by 2027, and traffic from Pasir Panjang Terminal will be consolidated in Tuas port by 2040. Tanjong Pagar terminal stopped receiving container traffic at the end of 2016, reported Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.
PSA International group chairman Peter Voser was quoted as saying: "Tuas is an opportunity for us to reinvigorate and reimagine. By venturing beyond the physical port into complementary logistics capabilities and integrated digital systems, PSA will take the lead in transforming the industry to better deliver holistic cargo solutions for our customers and promote greater supply chain efficiency."
The terminal will feature automated quay cranes with an outreach of 25 containers and a lifting height of 55 metres, as well as automated rail mounted gantry cranes. Transport in the container yard will be performed by driverless automated guided vehicles powered by an electric drivetrain with regenerative braking capabilities.
Tuas port will also feature predictive maintenance capabilities, and a smart grid to manage power consumption and use a combination of power sources including solar power and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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