The first caisson for the 21M TEU second phase of the Tuas Mega Port has been installed.
Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, was on hand to witness the commencement of reclamation for Tuas Terminal Phase 2 with the installation of the first caisson on 4 July. When fully operational, Tuas Terminal Phase 2 will add a capacity of 21M TEU to Tuas, which will have a total of 65M TEU of capacity when completed by the 2040s.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) awarded the Tuas Terminal Phase 2 reclamation project to Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd/Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd/Boskalis International BV (PHB) Joint Venture in 2018. At 387 hectares Phase 2 is the largest of the Tuas reclamations. Its 8.6 km wharf structure will be constructed with 227 caissons that will be fabricated on site.
The Tuas Terminal Phase 2 works feature “innovative construction methods to boost safety and improve productivity”. These include a slip form jack monitoring system and rebar modularisation for the fabrication of the caissons, and an automated curing system that uses a water circulation system to control the quality of the base slab.
The project team also plans to explore using artificial intelligence to monitor the construction site. “For example, using facial recognition tools to detect security breaches at entry and exit points, and video analytics to detect unsafe acts and prevent potential injury at the caisson fabrication yard”, the MPA stated.
Singapore is cognisant of the need to match the physical infrastructure at Tuas with digital infrastructure. The MPA says Tuas “will also be highly digitalised to optimise processes and enhance information-flow and sharing. As a one-stop portal, MPA’s Maritime Single Window (MSW) will transform reporting and port clearance processes for ships calling at Singapore through data exchange amongst relevant stakeholders. Phase 1 of the MSW will be launched later this year, and will streamline processes of agencies such as MPA, National Environment Agency, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority”.
The MPA also wants Tuas to be “the first terminal in Singapore to be physically and digitally integrated with the wider supply chain network. CALISTATM, PSA’s supply chain platform developed by GeTS Asia Pte Ltd, is an example of a digital solution that will be integrated with the Tuas ecosystem. Such digital connectivity with key industry sectors in Tuas helps to improve efficiencies among stakeholders along the supply chain – vessels, cargo owners and logistics service providers – and better coordinate cargo flow in a secure and intelligent manner,” the MPA stated.
Dr Lam concluded, “The installation of the first caisson for Phase 2 marks an important milestone in the development of the next-generation port at Tuas. Tuas Terminal will be digitalised and smart, and integrated with the wider supply chain network. This will be key to maintaining our position as a leading global hub port.”
At the launch ceremony from left to right: Business Unit Director (Boskalis International B.V), Mr Bas Van Bemmelen; President, CEO & Representative Director (Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd), Mr Takuzo Shimizu; Deputy Secretary Ministry of Transport, Mr Calvin Phua; Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Dr Lam Pin Min; Chief Executive MPA, Ms Quah Ley Hoon; and President, COO (Hyundai Engineer & Construction), Infrastructure Division, Mr Chan-Soo Park