DEME Kicks Off Mega-Port Terminal Project in Tuas
The kickoff ceremony for the phase one of Singapore’s mega-port terminal in Tuas was held today, April 29th 2016, with Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan starting the construction by launching the first caisson at the site.
The Tuas Terminal Phase 1 project is large in scope and includes construction of the new port terminal with 20 deep-water berths.
The Dredging International Asia Pacific-Daelim Joint Venture (DDJV) will be responsible for the erection of an 8.6-kilometer 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 meters of reclamation fill will be used comprising dredged materials from the seabed, excavated materials from other land-based projects and sea sand.
Alain Bernard, Director and CEO of DEME Group, said: “The Tuas Terminal Phase 1 project is a mega-engineering project which makes it a very exciting project to work on, both in terms of size and scope but also because of the vast breadth of equipment deployed here. Today, we are seeing the initial stages of the construction of the port of the future.”
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.
This EUR 1.67 billion worth project is expected to be complete within six years. When completed, the new terminal will be able to handle about 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum.