PSA Singapore (PSA) has invested in 22 new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for its container terminals, bringing the fleet to 30 units.
Operating round the clock, 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.
The AGVs will be battery-powered for zero-emission operations in the port area as part of efforts to test and develop advanced green port technologies.
Utilising navigation systems, the AGVs will be integrated with the existing AGV system as part of on-going initiatives to develop port technology solutions for the future automated Tuas Terminal.
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.”
He added that the AGVS would ensure an “environmentally port”, while enhancing the skills of PSA’s staff, with the results set to aid preparation for Tuas Terminal.
Of the 22 new units, 18 are being delivered by Kalmar, part of Finland-based Cargotec, two by France-based Gaussin Manugistique, and two 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.
Ismo Matinlauri, vice president, solution sales and marketing of Kalmar automation and projects, said: “[The] AGV development project to PSA Singapore is one of our new product development projects demonstrating our ability to deliver a new solution for a fully automated terminal.”