PSA International has ordered 160 AGV for its Tuas Mega Port project. VDL Group will be supplying 80 AGVs, while the other 80 machines will be delivered by Singapore’s ST Engineering, pursuant to its licensing agreement with Gaussin Manugistique
PSA plans to open the first berths at Tuas in 2021, and the AGVs will be delivered between 2021 and 2023.
The VDL AGVs will be fully electric machines with a maximum capacity of 65 tons, length of 15m, height of 2m and maximum speed of 25 km/h.
The order follows the delivery of two VDL AGV prototypes to Singapore in 2015. “Because these two vehicles operate to the full satisfaction of our customer, this has laid the basis for our superb order,’ says manager Karel Smits of VDL Automated Vehicles."This award puts us even more firmly on the map as a developer of transport solutions for self-propelled vehicles."
Frans van Dommelen, Director of VDL Containersystemen, said: "This order is the ideal showcase for our role in port areas, because we also use these electric vehicles to reduce emissions from logistics movements in the port."
The other 80 AGVs will be supplied by the Land Systems division of Singapore-based ST Engineering. These will be Gaussin’s “AGV Performance” fully electric design, also with a capacity of 65 tons.
ST Engineering Land Systems is financing the entire order, and will likely build the machines in China, where it has a joint-venture company, Beijing Zhonghuan Kinetics Heavy Vehicles Co. Ltd, that produces industrial vehicles.
160 AGVs is really just the start for Tuas: “A total of 2,000 AGVs will be needed for the 1st phase and regular tenders will be launched over a period of 10 years,” Gaussin stated.
Tuas could also feature a new system for handling empty containers. Last year, PSA tendered for a new “empty container handling system”, a hint it is looking for equipment that can stack higher than standard empty handlers.
This is already happening in Singapore, where SH Cogent Logistics Pte Ltd, part owned by Cosco, recently opened a new logistics centre that features 12 ton overhead cranes from Konecranes Industrial Equipment managing a rooftop storage system that stacks containers up to 15-high.
PSA’s future Tuas Port will have an annual capacity of 65M TEU, making it the largest port in the world by the time it is complete in 2040. The first berth will be operational in 2021.