Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

Even as disruptions plagued supply chains worldwide, our business units in Southeast Asia remained resilient and continued to play a crucial role in value adding to the supply chain.

PSA Singapore achieved a record throughput of 37.2 million TEUs in 2021 and kept its operations running consistently and reliably. As a testament to its operational excellence, PSA Singapore bagged the “Best Container Terminal – Asia (over 4 million TEUs)” at the Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards 2021.

In the face of global uncertainty, PSA Singapore has continued to enhance its operational capabilities and gained accolades as a valuable “catch-up port”. For example, to mitigate disruptions caused by scheduling changes and congestion in upstream and downstream ports, PSA Singapore expanded capacity at its terminals and activated the yards at Tanjong Pagar Terminal and Tuas Port to match the strong demand for yard storage and handling capacity.

In a major milestone, the first two berths at Tuas Port in Singapore began operations at the end of 2021. The mega port project is well on track to set the benchmark as a world-class integrated logistics ecosystem, complemented by climate-first technologies. Several key installations at Tuas Port were also completed, such as the Tuas Terminal Gateway, Singapore Customs and Immigration Control facilities and the Tuas Port Maintenance Base – the world’s first Super Low Energy Building in a port facility.

To connect stakeholders across the supply chain, PSA Singapore launched SmartBooking – an integrated one-stop booking platform for container depots, terminals, hauliers and logistics facilities across Singapore – together with the Container Depot and Logistics Association (Singapore). The platform gives users better visibility of the entire logistics flow and easier access to information such as vessel schedules, container movement events and planned activities.

Strategic partnerships in the region continued to be a highlight in 2021. PSA Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding with longstanding partner PT Samudera Indonesia Tangguh (Samudera) in August 2021. The collaboration will leverage PSA’s global network and Samudera’s strong market expertise to develop trade corridors between Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

In line with the PSA Group’s sustainability strategy towards a net-zero future, PSA Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ocean Network Express (ONE) to jointly reduce greenhouse gases emissions across their businesses. Subsequently, PSA and ONE launched an environmentally friendly barge sailing service from PSA Singapore to PSA Jurong Island Terminal in November.

Elsewhere in the region, our terminals continued to develop their capacity and capabilities, remaining resilient despite global disruptions.

In Indonesia, New Priok Container Terminal 1 (NPCT1) completed its construction of a 57m yard, with operations set to start in 2022.

NPCT1 announced a collaboration with three leading truck marketplace operators in Indonesia – Logol, Logee and Ritase – to enhance its customers’ user experience through digitalisation.

NPCT1 was also awarded with the “Best Terminal Performance Achievement” by the Jakarta Provincial Government in recognition of its outstanding performance in 2021.

In Thailand, Eastern Sea Laem Chabang Terminal set up a new joint venture with PSA Cargo Solutions Singapore, to consolidate all cargo solutions initiatives for PSA in Thailand. The partnership will augment supply chain capability to meet the expected growth in Thailand.

In Vietnam, SP-PSA International Port onboarded two new agri-feed customers, Thi Vai Port Logistics Corporation and Diamond Logistics Company – and the port continues to build its agri-feed business.


Northeast Asia

Northeast Asia

PSA China continued working alongside stakeholders to transform supply chains and enable sustainable port and cargo solutions.

Despite the challenges due to China’s stringent COVID-19 measures, PSA China’s container terminals achieved 9% volume growth in 2021. By leveraging on the strength of ports to harness synergies across different business units, PSA China developed six ecosystems to orchestrate cargo flows through container terminals and increase supply chain touchpoints. For example, in Fuzhou’s ecosystem, Fujian PSA Supply Chain Solutions (PFS) operates as a one-stop multimodal supply chain solutions provider at Fuzhou Container Terminal. In its fourth year of operations, PFS achieved a new milestone by securing new projects in Cold Chain, Project Cargo and General Cargo Containerisation.

In Tianjin, Tianjin Port Alliance International Container Terminal invested in eight automated electric Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes, while Tianjin Port Container Terminal completed the conversion of six Quay Cranes and eight RTGs to remote operations, moving towards fully automated operations.

Dalian Container Terminal has also been recognised by the China Ports & Harbours Association Container Branch for its operational excellence.

In 2021, China United Intermodal Railway Company (CUIRC) charted a 6% increase in volume. As the railway hubs of China, CUIRC terminals rose above COVID-19-related challenges to ensure smooth operations and data exchanges. CUIRC played an increasingly prominent role for China Railway Express (CRE) in serving China-Europe intercontinental freight trains. The CRE volume via CUIRC increased significantly by 16% in 2021, accounting for 57% of total CRE volume in China.

Along the International Land-Sea Trade Corridor (ILSTC), CUIRC Qinzhou facilitates the intermodal volume through Qinzhou Container Terminal towards China’s southwest hinterland via Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming CUIRC terminals. In 2021, goods transported through the ILSTC increased by 57.5% from the previous year. Lianyungang Container Terminal saw its intermodal volume increase by 25% from the year before, with partnerships that utilised China Railway Container Transport containers.

In 2021, PSA China’s Cargo Solutions continued to expand upon its product offerings. Customers partnered PSA China Supply Chain Solutions (CSCS) on an improved mix of freight services. Total customers served by CSCS increased 70% year-on-year. Beyond ocean freight bookings, contribution of rail freight to overall business rose by 2.5 times while air freight bookings started in 2021 and contributed 10% of overall freight business.

Sino-Singapore Chongqing’s Connectivity and Distribution centre (SSCDC) completed its Phase 1 construction with 40,000 sqm of warehousing area and 5ha of yard space in 2021 that will be operationally integrated with Yuzui rail terminal as well as a project cargo terminal along Yangtze River. Yuzui Rail Terminal is 1500km from PSA’s Qinzhou Terminal in Guangxi, delivering rail-sea multi-modal solutions and is linked up to duisport by the China-Euro freight trains. At the confluence of rail, road and river transport infrastructures and connected to global hubs via multi-modal transport services, SSCDC is poised to grow as an important distribution hub for cargo owners importing into China.

Value-adding activities of terminal-centric logistics have also been strengthened in 2021. PFS secured its license to perform fumigation and disinfection services while Guangzhou Port Logistics secured approvals to develop a semi-automatic storage & retrieval system for class 1 dangerous cargos.

Beyond solutions for general cargo or wholesale trade, PSA China Cargo Solutions also expanded to provide cross-border, door-to-door deliveries for E-commerce parcels, gaining new capabilities to support fast-growing trade flows. Through Woternet and CSCS, more than 50,000 parcels have been fulfilled directly or in partnerships with vendors to key destinations in Americas and Europe.

Digital initiatives continued at pace in the region. PSA China Cargo Solutions partnered digital hauliers to provide customers with online visibility for landside truck bookings, supporting digital integration of door-to-door freight services.

Beibu Gulf PSA Portnet also began extending its GLOBAL PORTNET® services to cover the digitalization of the Port Authority functions. Data sharing of port events between Beibu Gulf Container Terminal and Singapore has also commenced. In Fuzhou, Fujian PSA Portnet developed a Digital Truck Platform to provide smart matching and value-added services that enhances the overall efficiency of the trucking community.

In the sustainability space, the Northeast Asia region continues to optimise its energy consumption through greener and more energy efficient equipment, and is exploring the use of clean renewable energy. The region managed to reduce more than 1,400 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2021 while handling more volumes than the prior year. Guangzhou Container Terminal invested in 20 electric prime movers (PM) to replace their diesel counterparts, resulting in a 45,600kg CO2e reduction per year per PM.

Over in South Korea, Pusan Newport International Terminal marked several operational milestones, where the terminal added eight new service lines by several alliances and handled a record high volume of 2.8M TEUs for two consecutive years.

Terminal developments continued over at HMM-PSA Newport Terminal, with the height of two quay cranes boosted to handle larger capacity vessels.


Middle East South Asia

Middle East South Asia

PSA’s business units in the Middle East South Asia region achieved several milestones in 2021: expanding terminal capacity, extending our reach into the hinterland through new container freight station and dry port businesses, and adding value for our customers through environmentally sustainable supply chain solutions.

The region started the year with the completion of an investment into PSA Ameya, a logistics company operating container freight stations in Nhava Sheva and Mundra in India. This investment allows PSA to offer our customers solutions such as warehousing, cargo stuffing and transportation in addition to our port services.

PSA Mumbai crossed the three-millionth TEU milestone since the commencement of its operations and gained three new liner services during the year. Through our cargo solutions initiatives of orchestrating cargoes by rail, the terminal has grown its rail connectivity to 56 inland container depots, making PSA Mumbai the most connected terminal in India. This connectivity has helped our customers to reduce logistics costs and allowed them to move their cargoes in an environmentally sustainable way.

PSA Chennai continued its direct rail services between the terminal and CONCOR inland container depot in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. In total, PSA Chennai handled 629 rakes consisting of nearly 43,000 TEUs through its rail service.

In the Middle East, PSA’s Saudi Global Ports (SGP) commenced the upgrading of the container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port Dammam (KAPD), following the successful consolidation of First and Second Container Terminals the year before.

In a significant milestone, SGP was also awarded a concession by the Saudi Railway Company to develop and operate the Riyadh Dry Port (RDP) Ecosystem – comprising three facilities in Riyadh and Dammam. SGP plans to operate RDP and KAPD as an integrated system, to offer the industry a seamless and efficient logistics network and to develop Dammam the cargo gateway hub in Saudi Arabia.


Europe and The Mediterranean

Europe and The Mediterranean

Across Europe and the Mediterranean, our terminals continued to break new records and remained committed to developing Cargo Solutions initiatives and digital platforms, despite coping with supply chain congestions and disruptions around the world.

PSA Belgium has embarked on an investment programme to future-proof its Europa Terminal and increase the terminal’s annual handling capacity by 700,000 TEUs to 2.4 million TEUs. It involves the deepening of Europa Terminal from 13.5m to 16.5m by constructing a new quay wall, the installation of new quay cranes and the adoption of a new yard stacking layout using automated stacking cranes.

PSA Belgium, together with leading Austrian European lift transportation and crane specialists Felbermayr and Haeger & Schmidt Logistics, invested in PSA Breakbulk NV and this investment cements the company’s leading position in the breakbulk segment in the Port of Antwerp, and also strengthens its position in the cargo and heavy lifting market.

PSA Belgium saw continued growth in hinterland barge transport managed by PSA Cargo Solutions Belgium, with the volume managed on barge services to/from Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Ghent, Zeebrugge and intra-port exceeding 200,000 TEUs. PSA Cargo Solutions Belgium also provides a complete end-to-end physical-digital solution for Metsä, a leading producer of paperboards. Besides offering intermodal transport underpinned by a digital solution – which has helped Metsä to achieve its logistics and sustainability ambitions – they add value by offering enhancements to their supply chain.

Terminals over at PSA Italy remained resilient despite the impact of global supply chain and schedule disruptions. In 2021 PSA Genova Pra’ and PSA SECH handled 1.74 million TEUs – an increase of about 5% from the previous year.

The Genova-Basel Train, the Southern Express, has seen significant increases in volumes, achieving 7,700 TEUs, with a total of 112 round trips in 2021, becoming a solid option for cargo owners in Switzerland to connect directly to the Mediterranean routes.

PSA Venice completed the construction and installation of a 2,000 sqm covered warehouse to further develop cargo solutions services.

In Portugal, PSA Sines charted a commendable 12.8% increase in total volume in 2021, with 1.8 million TEUs moved in total. It also continued to enhance its systems with automated Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes, and the installation of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems for automated train inspection, identification and inventory. The terminal completed the construction of the first 102m of additional berth. When the full 204m additional quay wall is ready in 2022, PSA Sines will be able to berth three mega-vessels simultaneously.

DCT Gdańsk in Poland handled 2.1 million TEUs in 2021, marking a record year for the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea. In July 2021, DCT Gdańsk signed an additional lease agreement with the Gdansk Port Authority and announced plans to build a third deep-water terminal, Baltic Hub 3 – which, when completed, will increase DCT Gdańsk’s handling capacity by 1.5 million TEUs to 4.5 million TEUs per year. The terminal has also completed a major intermodal development programme that almost doubled its railway capacity, confirming its ambition to support building green logistics corridors.

Mersin International Port (MIP) in Turkey also broke its operational records, handling over 2.1 million TEUs in 2021. For expected future economic growth in the region, MIP will increase the container handling capacity of the port from 2.6 million TEUs to 3.6 million TEUs with the East Med Hub II expansion project.

Through its hinterland transportation services, PSA Cargo Solutions Turkey also offered major Beneficial Cargo Owner within the Mersin hinterland a viable alternative to all-truck set-ups. The end-to-end service includes physical cargo flow between the facility and MIP, as well as Container Freight Station operations, multimodal transportation and other custom solutions for specific requirements.

On the sustainability front, a key priority in achieving our 2030 emission targets for Scopes 1 and 2 is the electrification of PSA’s horizontal transport. PSA EuroMed & the Americas (EMA) has launched an e-prime mover programme at the regional level. It deals with multiple tracks including equipment and battery specifications, dimensioning of the fleet, charging interfaces and infrastructure, electricity infrastructure including battery energy storage systems, and organisational changes in the technical department. The programme will run simulations and trials related to each track. Simultaneously, the EMA region is working on a two-pronged approach to green its straddle carrier fleet by purchasing hybrid straddle carriers and also launching a green straddle carrier programme oriented towards developing a zero-emission straddle carrier. Over the course of 2021, more EMA terminals have secured a supply of renewable electricity.


The Americas

The Americas

Ashcroft Terminal inked a milestone agreement with retail giant Canadian Tire in which the latter acquired a 25% stake in the terminal. The win-win partnership will drive the next phase of growth for Ashcroft Terminal while allowing Canadian Tire to leverage the terminal’s strategic location to convert container transport from truck to rail with lower CO2 emissions and reducing congestion in Vancouver.

On the other side of Canada, PSA Halifax expanded its rail connectivity to new markets and welcomed MSC as a new shipping line in the port. With natural deep-water and year-round ice-free access, PSA Halifax is capable of handling the largest vessels calling at North America’s east coast, including the maiden call of the CMA CGM Marco Polo – a 16,022 TEU vessel – in May 2021.

In the US, PSA Penn Terminals continued to see strong volume growth and registered record throughput volumes of more than 350,000 TEUs.

In Argentina, International Trade Logistics (ITL) continued to digitise its offering, in particular, the ITL Track system – an online software allowing clients of the ITL group to track cargo in real-time and book new services – with 1,500 daily visits on average.

Exolgan Container Terminal increased its capacity to one million TEUs, following the expansion of its berths and the addition of 600 terminal ground slots. Exologistica began operations of its first e-commerce fulfilment center with the start of the art picking and packing technology with a capacity to deliver 10,000 orders per day.

In December, Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA) in Colombia recorded the highest throughput ever, handling 51,000 TEUs in one single month. SPIA was able to quickly resume and support its customers after a 90-day national strike had paralysed transportation in the country. To maximise its warehouse capacity, SPIA added additional pallet racks and increased the pre-inspection warehouse capacity by 50%.

Despite the recurring waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSA Panama remained resilient, charting an all-time high volume of 1.3 million TEUs in 2021. The terminal also welcomed the 15,000 TEU MSC Virgo on 26 July, the largest ship to call at a terminal on Panama’s Pacific side. Additionally, PSA Panama had two mega container vessels berthed alongside simultaneously for the first time, handling 2,297 TEUs on the MSC Virgo and 2,927 TEUs on the MSC Elisa.


PSA Marine

PSA Marine

PSA Marine unveiled the first-of-its-kind Liquid Bulk module which resides on the ONEHANDSHAKE™ platform. The module will allow industry players within the liquid bulk logistics chain to effortlessly transact with each other through its customised dashboard and achieve real-time tracking capabilities for greater visibility, predictability and productivity. The improved efficacy also helps to reduce carbon footprint and optimises the usage of resources.

PSA Marine’s focus and investment in greener operations continued in 2021. Over in Peru, solar panels have been installed on board PSA Marine Peru’s pilot launches to power batteries used as auxiliary power supply. These rechargeable batteries were also installed on seven of its harbour tugs, supporting energy demands for the vessel’s hotel loads.