SINGAPORE: As part of the commemoration event celebrating the contributions of Tanjong Pagar Terminal to Singapore’s economy, PSA has achieved a first-ever GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest shipping container image. Located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar Terminal, the feat involved 359 shipping containers taking the shape of the Lion Head symbol of Singapore. The formation is visible from both the air and the central business district.
Taking 15 hours to complete, the Lion Head symbolises courage, strength and excellence, and was completed with support from a diverse array of shipping line customers, working together with PSA.
The record-setting feat was created as part of PSA’s event ‘Honouring our Heritage, Celebrating our Future’ to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of Singapore’s iconic first container terminal, from its humble beginnings at the crossroads of East-West maritime trade to the key part it has played in the growth of Singapore’s container port. Graced by the Guest-of-Honour, Minister Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport, the event included an official presentation of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate and a walkabout for staff and invited guests that covered 2.8km around the terminal facility.
Officially opened in 1972, Tanjong Pagar Terminal was the first container terminal in Southeast Asia to receive a container vessel, the MV Nihon. Since then, and with the advent of larger container ships requiring deeper berths, PSA has begun the process of moving from this pioneering facility as well as its other city terminals, Keppel and Brani, to newer facilities at Pasir Panjang, where operations will continue for at least another 20 years. These developments are part of PSA’s long-term plans to eventually consolidate container port activities at Tuas. Today, PSA Singapore handles over 30 million TEUs a year and is the world’s largest container transhipment hub.
“As we commemorate the achievements of those involved in the development of this historic terminal, we also take this opportunity to not only remember our rich past, but to also look to our future. With the rapid completion of our new terminals at Pasir Panjang, and the development of our future Tuas Terminal ongoing, PSA remains future-ready and committed to maintaining the strong economic contribution of our terminals, as one of the foremost container transhipment hubs in the world,” said Mr Fock Siew Wah, Group Chairman, PSA International.