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The city-state has topped the 2019 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, which ranks cities that offer port and shipping business services, for the sixth consecutive year.
The next significant landmark in the Port of Singapore's evolution, the Tuas mega-port expansion project, is due for completion by 2040. Slated to be the world's largest container terminal, the complex is being constructed in four phases, with the 20m TEU handling first stage set for delivery in 2021 at a cost of S$2.42b ($1.76b).
After the expansion the port will be able to handle 65m TEU annually, 20m TEU more than at its four existing box terminals. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that the new terminal will feature automated wharf-side and yard operations and reduced need for inter-terminal haulage.
Innovations being piloted for the mega-port include a next-generation vessel traffic management system that is able to predict congestion hotspots and assists vessel route planning. Tuas is also trialing a maritime 'single window' that improves port clearance by streamlining the submission process, and a 'just-in-time' planning and coordination system for faster vessel turnarounds.
Remote-controlled vessel pilotage, and a maritime sense-making system for illegal bunkering prevention and anchorage utilization optimization round up the innovation package.