The latest investment in the AGVs is part of PSA’s continued efforts in testing and developing advance port technologies. The AGVs, operating round the clock, will be used to transport containers between the quay side and the container yard completely without human drivers.
Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2017 and the new battery-powered units will join the existing eight hybrid-powered AGVs operating at Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Terminal.
“Investing in advanced port technologies remains a key element in PSA’s development of our terminals in Singapore to meet the challenges of growing consolidation and mega-alliances calling at our port,” said Ong Kim Pong, regional ceo Southeast Asia at PSA International.
“These new fully electric AGVs underline PSA’s commitment towards ensuring an environmentally friendly port, as well as to enhance the skills of our people in managing these technologies.
“We look forward to seeing the results of the progress being made by our teams in preparing PSA for the consolidation of container operations at the future Tuas Terminal,” Ong said.
Singapore’s massive Tuas Terminal located on the far west of the island-state will replace all the country’s container port facilities close to the city centre over the long term.
The terminal will be developed over a time span of 30 years with phase 1 reclamation works expected to be completed in the early 2020s.