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Singapore officially opens Tuas Port

Photo: PSA PM Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of Tuas Port
Singapore officially opened Tuas Port on Thursday as the Republic moves to consolidate all its container terminals into a single location over the next 20 years.

Two berths are currently operational in the first phase of Tuas Port which is operated by PSA.

The official inauguration on Thursday morning was graced by the Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who last month highlighted the development of Tuas Port in his National Day Rally address. At the opening the PM repeated statements about the critical nature of the port development for Singapore.

Local press quoted PM Lee as saying Tuas Port would, "support the growth in maritime traffic and global trade and strengthen our connectivity and capability to provide efficient and reliable services". 

"It will reinforce Singapore's status as an international maritime centre, and enable many related industries to flourish," he added. 

Singapore is currently the world’s second largest container port after Shanghai and the biggest container transhipment hub acting as a key node on the trade between Asia and Europe. Currently it is spread across three terminals – Brani, Keppel and Pasir Panjang – to the west of the city centre.

Tuas Port has depth of 23 metres alongside and will have a total berth length of 26 km. Once fully operational in the 2040’s it will be the world’s largest automated container terminal in a single location with a handling capacity of 65m teu.

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Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA International, said, “As an enabler of global trade, PSA has contributed to Singapore’s success as an open and connected trading economy. Tuas Port provides us with an opportunity to reinvigorate this mission for the digital age and I believe it will further boost trade growth flowing through Singapore.

“By dovetailing our port operations with the greater ecosystem in Tuas and through collaborating with like-minded partners for integrated intermodal solutions, we can better navigate the growing complexities of global supply chains.”

Reclamation works for the first phase of Tuas Port were completed last year and reclamation is now underway for the second phase.

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