PSA invests in 22 new automated guided vehicles

One of PSA's existing AGVs at the Pasir Panjang Terminal.
One of PSA's existing AGVs at the Pasir Panjang Terminal.PHOTO: PSA SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - PSA Singapore has beefed up its fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for its container terminals, it announced on Monday (June 21).

The port operator has invested in 22 new AGVs, bringing its overall fleet to 30, as part of its continued efforts in testing and developing advanced port technologies.

The new units, expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017, will join the existing eight hybrid-powered AGVs operating at Pasir Panjang Terminal, said PSA.

The battery-powered AGVs will operate 24/7, and will be used to transport containers between the quay side and the container yard without human drivers.

"Utilising state-of-the-art navigation systems, these AGVs will be seamlessly integrated with the existing AGV system as part of on-going initiatives to develop port technology solutions for the future automated Tuas Terminal," PSA added.

Mr Ong Kim Pong, regional chief executive of South-east Asia at PSA International, said: "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.

"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."

Of the 22 new units, 18 will be delivered by Finland-based Cargotec CHS, two will be by France-based Gaussin Manugistique, and the remaining two by Japan-based Toyota Industries.

PSA has also awarded Singapore firm New Resource Technology the contract to supply three automated DC charging stations to facilitate battery-charging for the AGVs.