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Monday, 20 June 2016

PSA invests in 22 new automated guided vehicles as part of future port development

As part of continued efforts in testing and developing advanced port technologies, PSA Singapore (PSA) has invested in 22 new Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) for its container terminals, bringing the fleet to 30 units.

psa 7 300dpiOperating 24/7, the AGVs will be used to transport containers between the quay side and the container yard completely without human drivers. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2017, and the new units will join the existing eight hybrid-powered AGVs operating at Pasir Panjang Terminal. 

Emphasising PSA’s commitment to sustainable business and green port technologies, the new AGVs will be battery-powered for zero-emission operations in the port area. Utilising state-of-the-art navigation systems, these AGVs will be seamlessly integrated with the existing AGV system as part of on-going initiatives to develop port technology solutions for the future automated Tuas Terminal. 

Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia at PSA International, said, “Investing in advanced port technologies remains a key element in PSA’s development of our terminals in Singapore to meet the challenges of growing consolidation and mega-alliances calling at our port. These new fully electric AGVs underline PSA’s commitment towards ensuring an environmentally friendly port, as well as to enhance the skills of our people in managing these technologies. We look forward to seeing the results of the progress being made by our teams in preparing PSA for the consolidation of container operations at the future Tuas Terminal.” 

Of the 22 new units, 18 are being delivered by Finland-based Cargotec CHS, 2 by France-based Gaussin Manugistique, and 2 by Japan-based Toyota Industries. Microvast Power Systems will provide the battery systems for all of the AGVs on order. To facilitate battery charging during operations, PSA has awarded the contract to supply 3 automated DC charging stations to Singapore-based New Resource Technology. 

Press release 20 June 2016

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