Builder of new mega-port in Singapore studies container ‘subway’

Builder of new mega-port in Singapore studies container ‘subway’

The feasibility of a container “subway” in Singapore to carry containers from a new mega-port through underground tunnels being studied. With truck congestion building at ports worldwide, the builder of the new mega-port planned in Singapore is exploring this innovative approach to solving the problem.  

The “subway” would take containers through the underground tunnels, without relying on trucks, and disperse the boxes throughout the city-state’s industrial areas. This would enable the port to avoid the issue of terminal gate congestion that has haunted ports from New York to Nhava Sheva.

When dealing with issues of truck congestion, most ports opt to reorganize or open additional truck gates or extend their hours of operation. The idea of a dedicated “subway” type system absent trucks is unique.

The JTC Corp., which is in the initial stages of constructing a new mega-port in the Tuas region of Singapore, has begun a feasibility study on this innovative approach of container transport.  

Dredging of the new port, scheduled for a 2022 opening, has already begun.

A version of this article originally appeared on IHS Maritime 360, a sister title to JOC.com within IHS Maritime and Trade.