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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Singapore confirms transshipment move to Tuas

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has confirmed plans to relocate container terminals to the industrial hub of Tuas, on the south-western tip of the city-state.

“The port has been very successful. It is growing; it is reaching its limits. So we are building a new port in Tuas, bigger, more efficient, almost double the present capacity,” Lee said on Sunday. “And when this is done, we can move from Tanjong Pagar to Tuas.”

“Starting 2027 when the ports’ leases expire and when they move to Tuas, you will free up the prime land in Tanjong Pagar. And there we can build a Southern Waterfront City,” the Prime Minister added. He explained that the reclaimed area would stretch over 1,000 hectares from Shenton Way to Pasir Panjang.

The relocation plans were first outlined by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew last October.

“The port leases for the city terminals at Tanjong Pagar, Keppel and Pulau Brani will expire in 2027,” Lui noted. “We will work towards consolidating all our container port activities at Tuas over the long term.”

“Tuas provides a suitable location because of its sheltered deep waters and proximity to both our major industrial areas and international shipping routes. We will plan for Tuas Port to be able to handle up to 65 million TEUs per annum,” the Transport Minister said.

“Currently, we have five container terminals – Brani, Keppel, Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Panjang Terminal 1 and Pasir Panjang Terminal 2. To support transhipment operations, there is often a need to move containers between these terminals by trucks (…) Consolidation will eliminate this need for inter-terminal haulage.”

Lui said that the new port would provide the opportunity to introduce new technology to handle container vessels of ever increasing sizes, as well as a growing fleet of ships that are powered by LNG and other alternative fuels.

“The development of Tuas Port will be a long-term project that takes place in phases. We expect the first set of berths at Tuas to be operational in about 10 years’ time,” the Transport Minister said in October 2012.


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