On the 10 December 2017, the Straits Times published an article – Keeping the ships sailing in – why the Tuas mega port matters. In there, it mentioned the current ports of Tanjong Pagar and Pasir Panjong will be relocated to Tuas. One of the main characteristics of Singapore port is container transshipment operations.
The Tuas terminal will begin operations in 2021. The site was chosen due to its sheltered deep waters and proximity to both international shipping routes and major industrial areas in the western part of Singapore. The consolidation of ports also eliminated the need for inter-terminal haulage.
PSA would like to develop Tuas mega port as a showcase for the latest port technologies and systems, by adopting the latest innovations, to boost productivity and efficiency in its ports as well as reduce reliance on manual labour. An example is one remote crane specialist now oversees five automated cranes, monitoring prime mover transporting the cargo and resolving issues with cranes. Compared with the past where there is one crane operator per crane.
Instead of prime mover being operated by a driver each, the engineers now does maintenance, troubleshooting and analysis of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in the port. They are also exploring the use of drones and robots for tasks ranging from inspection and repairs to the distribution of spare parts.
Below is an image on the digitalization efforts by PSA (published by the Straits Times).
At the same time the article was released, there were news of Shanghai’s Yangshan fully automated port began its operations. China is now truly ahead in terms of port technology. Below is the full video of it.