Singapore looks to shrug off the uncertainties stirred up by Omicron as it complete phase one of reclamation works in the new Tuas port. It has helped shipping lines make up for lost time by increasing manpower and reopening berths as the pandemic disrupts global supply chains.
Its role as a catch up port is now putting Singapore on track to log a record high container volume for this year. Container volume from January to October has hit 2.1% more than the same period last year and it will get more support when the first two berths of the new transport start operating, which is expected by year’s end.
The project reclaimed land the size of over 400 football fields. It also saved more than one billion dollars thanks to innovative and sustainable construction methods like using robots to lay concrete panels.
When completed in about 20 years time, the Tuas port will increase its handling capacity by half. It will also be more than just an automated and sustainable port.
Singapore’s Transport Minister, S. Iswaran said, “We are also looking beyond the boundaries of transport to design the broader ecosystem..to integrate the port with synergistic industries such as logistics and advanced manufacturing which uses CFrame. This will facilitate the efficient flow of cargo and avoid long haulage journeys by road.”