“Lighter operations are an essential part of Singapore’s maritime sector,” said B.-G. Choi. “As our port continues to grow, we can expect the scale of the lightering and ship supply operations to grow in tandem as well. The opening of Penjuru Terminal demonstrates our commitment to work in close collaboration with our key stakeholders to upgrade our lighter terminal infrastructure, to support the continued success of Singapore as a port.”
Jurong Port was entrusted by the MPA with the task of developing and operating the Penjuru Terminal along Sungei Jurong in mid-2006, and completed construction in May 2008. The new and bigger infrastructure, with 150 m of berth and 10,000 sq m of land area, is purpose-built with first-class mooring facilities, biometric-based security, a canteen and other on-site facilities.
Having operated from the Pasir Panjang Lighter Wharves since 1983, the lighter and ship-chandling operators relocated and started their operations at the new Penjuru Terminal in June this year.
Currently, there are about 20 lighter operators in Singapore, of which 11 are operating from the new terminal, while 225 of 300 ship-chandlers are also based there. By the end of 2008, Penjuru expects to see about 15,000 lighter calls handling over 365,000 tonnes of cargo.