Milestone contract for Singapore’s Tuas mega port inked
Singapore, 23 April 2015 - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Dredging International Asia Pacific-Daelim Joint Venture (DDJV) signed the Contract for the Tuas Terminal Phase 1 Reclamation, Wharf Construction and Dredging Project today during the inaugural Singapore Maritime Technology Conference.
The signing ceremony was attended by close to 300 guests from over 10 countries, including H.E. Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Singapore’s Ministry for Finance and Ministry for Transport, H.E. Gerard Cockx, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Singapore, as well as H.E. Suh Chung-Ha, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Singapore.
The Tuas Terminal Phase 1 project is large in scope, and entails the construction of a new port terminal with 20 deep-water berths having a total capacity of 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum. The Joint Venture will be responsible for the erection of an 8.6-kilometre quay wall and its foundation, the dredging of the fairway and basins, as well as the reclamation of 294 hectares of new land.
To achieve this, more than 80 million cubic metres of reclamation fill will be used comprising dredged materials from the seabed, excavated materials from other land-based projects and sea sand. Laid with a foundation of 222 caissons each weighing about 15,000 tonnes, the quay wall will be fabricated at a temporary yard on site and transported using a newly constructed 20,000-tonne floating dock vessel. One of DEME’s most powerful rock cutter suction dredgers and a trailer suction dredger will also be deployed for the dredging works. The construction activities shall be executed according to strict environmental requirements specified and with continuous environmental monitoring supervision by an independent environmental specialist appointed by MPA.
This major project is expected to complete within six years, and has been awarded to the Joint Venture for a Contract value of SGD 2.42 billion (or approximately EUR 1.67 billion).
About the Tuas Terminal Project
The Government of Singapore will start to consolidate its world-class container port facilities at Tuas from 2030. New technology will be introduced at the greenfield site to create a hypermodern, innovative and largely automated logistics hub. The consolidation will also free up existing port land near the city centre for future urban redevelopment. The Tuas Terminal Project, of which Phase 1 is a crucial milestone, will ensure that Singapore’s leading global hub port continues to have sufficient capacity in the long term to meet industry demand.