Various initiatives explored to future-proof Tuas port

We thank Ms Wee Kwee Keng, Ms Lynne Tan Sok Hiang and Mr Toh Cheng Seong for their feedback on the development of our Tuas port (Tuas port's focus should be on port-related work; April 5, Ports are dangerous places for public; April 7 and Plans for Tuas port in keeping with status as global port city; April 10).

The upcoming Tuas port has been designed to be a world-class container terminal which will serve Singapore's needs till the 2040s and beyond.

Hence, future-proofing it for land-scarce Singapore is important in the design phase, so we can all look forward to a day where every part of our city is liveable.

To achieve higher levels of productivity beyond today, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Corp are exploring various initiatives to make the port more efficient, intelligent and automated.

For instance, driverless automated guided vehicles will be deployed to transfer the container boxes.

Land use will also be optimised by co-locating logistics uses and warehousing with the port. The safety and security of our port waters will be further enhanced via the next-generation vessel traffic management system.

Community-friendly features like green spaces and modern amenities will also be added to the port to enhance its attractiveness as a place to work and play.

MPA and PSA remain focused on delivering a world-class port that will strengthen and entrench Singapore's position as a global hub port and an international maritime centre.

Tham Wai Wah
Director (Engineering & Info Tech)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2017, with the headline 'Various initiatives explored to future-proof Tuas port'. Print Edition | Subscribe