SINGAPORE Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, says Tuas Port will be the world's largest fully automated port when it is fully completed in about 20 years..
Speaking during a recent rally, the Prime Minister shared an update on the progress at Tuas Port, 10 years after it was first announced. Phase 1 of Tuas Port has just been completed, said Mr Lee, with Phases 2, 3 and 4 to follow.
"When it's fully completed around 20 years from now, Tuas Port will handle 65 million TEU annually, almost double today's volumes," he added, reports Singapore's CNA..
"We will have the world's largest fully automated port, and that should make us a leading global player in the maritime space."
Reclamation works for Phase 1 of Tuas Port began in February 2015 and were completed in November 2021, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in a separate media factsheet.
Reclamation works for Phase 2 started in March 2018, and the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has begun planning for Phase 3, said the ministry.
The shift to Tuas Port will progressively free up prime waterfront land from Shenton Way to Pasir Panjang for the future Greater Southern Waterfront, said the Prime Minister during his speech.
"The move to Tuas has already started. If you drive past the Tanjong Pagar terminal on the AYE, you can see that it is no longer used for container operations," he added.
"It's almost empty, and that is why, during the pandemic, we could put up isolation and recovery facilities for Covid-19 patients in the container yard."