NextGen Two-Tiered Terminals At Port Tuas, Singapore By 2030



Due to the shortage of land, Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore has started work on land reclamation for the construction of Tuas Terminal in the west of Singapore. The plan is to build in four phases with a total capacity to hold 65m TEU. The first phase will be operational by 2020. The MPA is actively exploring concepts of two-tiered terminals to combat the land shortage issue.

The broad plan is to gradually restrict the use of the present city-side port and to shift entire maritime operations to the new port. Tuas Port could offer an opportunity to try out new concepts in terms of land use including the possibility of developing underground storage.

The MPA’s CEO Andrew Tan opines about Singapore’s unique challenges: “challenges that other ports may not have, such as land and sea space constraints, higher costs relative to the region and manpower constraints.  To break the current berth capacity ceiling, one potential idea we are exploring is to use a two-tiered container terminal, which will significantly increase the yard storage capacity and quay crane productivity.”

Mr. Tan went on to explain: “We should not restrict ourselves to traditional port layouts.  One of these new land-use concepts is to develop a platform above part of the container port on which port-related and industrial developments, such as container freight stations, logistic hubs and other facilities, can be developed to intensify land-use.  The aboveground space development over part of the new mega container port could create significant land area for the development of a cluster of maritime and port business activities, including amenities and possibly commercial-residential areas for those working in the area to form a component of the future Tuas Maritime Hub.”

Source: MPA