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PSA expected to place order for driverless trucks for Tuas port

PSA Singapore is expected to launch a tender this year to purchase a large fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from multiple suppliers that will be deployed at Singapore's Tuas mega port to move cargo from quayside to yard

PSA expected to place order for driverless trucks for Tuas port
22 February 2018 - 19:06 - Update: 22 February 2018 - 22:48

PSA Singapore is expected to launch a tender this year to purchase a large fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from multiple suppliers that will be deployed at Singapore's Tuas mega port to move cargo from quayside to yard. The AGVs have already been deployed in a one-year trial at Pasir Panjang terminals.

The first tender will call for bids for hundreds of AGVs to operate at the Tuas mega port that is set to become the largest automated port when its first phase opens in 2021, reports Singapore's Business Times.

PSA has 30 AGVs on pilot trials at its Pasir Panjang terminals, 22 of which run on batteries and have been on trials since the second quarter of 2017. The rest are hybrids running on diesel and batteries.

CTI Consultancy partner Andy Lane said that with the Tuas mega port being built from scratch at a new site, PSA already has an advantage over other port operators that have to work around constraints at pre-existing sites.

'PSA can design the new terminals for future needs and dispose the older ones that have become unfit for today's challenges,' he explained, adding that this is one 'luxury' many ports do not enjoy.

The Tuas mega port is being developed in four phases to double Singapore's cargo handling capacity to 65 million TEU by 2040.

Mr Lane said that with this phased approach, capacity can be brought on line gradually at the Tuas port which would allow PSA the flexibility to match capacity with demand swings to ensure that the port stands 'a very high chance of being utilised.'


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