COSCO - PSA Terminal Pte Ltd (CPT), a joint venture company formed by COSCO Pacific Limited (COSCO Pacific) and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), is investing in new container berths in Singapore capable of serving the next generation of mega container vessels.
The new investment agreement was signed yesterday (Mar 28) in Shanghai by Mr Qiu Jinguang, Managing Director, COSCO Pacific and Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International.
CPT was inaugurated in 2003 to establish a joint venture terminal at PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal (PPT) Phase 1. To stay ahead of evolving industry needs, CPT will move from its current two - berth terminal to three new mega berths at PPT’s Phases 3 and 4.
When the new berths begin operations from 2017, they will be fully integrated with PSA’s best - in - class infrastructure and supported by the latest automated and intelligent port technologies. These will help to raise port productivity and enhance PSA’s ability to manage greater business complexity for the benefit of its customers.
Mrs. Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport, said: “ I am pleased to see the deepening partnership between COSCO Pacific and PSA. The investment in three new mega berths is strategically important to both partners and also a clear demonstration of their confidence in Singapore as an international maritime centre with a well-connected transhipment hub. In addition, I believe the project will contribute positively to China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative and ‘One Belt, One Road’ vision”
Mr. Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, said: “Today’s signing marks a new chapter in our partnership with COSCO Pacific, which is timely given the merger of the COSCO and China Shipping groups to create the world’s fourth largest container shipping line. We are deeply honoured that they have chosen PSA as their main hub port for container transhipment in Southeast Asia and greatly look forward to working alongside them in Singapore to serve this vibrant region and beyond; and to facilitate the potential growth in trade and economic activities promised by the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative”
Mr. Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said: “COSCO Pacific was PSA’s first joint venture partner in Singapore and we have shared many years of close collaboration between us. We remain grateful for their continued support and confidence in PSA, through co-investing in three berths at our latest Pasir Panjang expansion, which has the capacity and scale of operations to better serve the shipping alliances and their mega vessels in this region. We still strive to help them grow their strategic presence in Singapore for the long term”.