SINGAPORE: The port of Tuas, which will anchor the future Western Gateway, officially opened on Thursday September 1 with three operational berths.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hailed the mega project as a port of the future and a key driver of Singapore’s economy.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Mr Lee said the Port of Tuas would position Singapore well to “support the growth of maritime traffic and global trade and enhance our connectivity and ability to deliver efficient and reliable services. “.
“This will strengthen our status as an international maritime center and enable many related industries to flourish,” Mr. Lee said.
The Port of Tuas, expected to be the largest fully automated port in the world when completed, can accommodate the largest container ships in the world and will be able to accommodate larger ships built in the future. It will also be able to handle a greater number and density of vessel movements in a safe and efficient manner.
The mega port will also serve as the anchor for the future Western Gateway, serving nearby industries in Jurong Lake District, Jurong Innovation District, and Jurong and Tuas Industrial Zones.
“Being closer to the port means faster and cheaper port services and turnaround. It means more efficient production for their products to be exported to international markets. Sectors such as advanced manufacturing, cold chain, e-commerce and logistics will benefit the most,” Lee said.
The rehabilitation works of the first phase of the mega port project were completed at the end of last year, and the rehabilitation works of phase 2 are in progress.
Mr Lee had said at this year’s National Day rally that the government had decided to consolidate all port operations from the existing terminals of Tanjong Pagar, Brani, Keppel and Pasir Panjang into one mega port in Tuas.
The change will free up prime waterfront land from Shenton Way to Pasir Panjang for the future Greater Southern Waterfront.