Let’s move the world
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore's container shipping journey this year, let’s look back at how our journey to be a global hub port all started.
Join us in our roving exhibitions and on social media as we celebrate the extraordinary people who made it all possible — and look forward to an exciting maritime future as we sail onwards.

PAST:

Moving
possibilities

Singapore is the first country in Southeast Asia to build a container terminal.

Singapore is the first country in Southeast Asia to build a container terminal.

PRESENT:

Moving
the economy

Maritime remains a key pillar of Singapore’s economy today.

FUTURE:

Moving
the world

The future is bright as we invest in talent and technology.

PAST:
Moving
possibilities

Hailed as one of the most important innovations of the 20th century, the shipping container is a game-changer that moved the world into a new era of international trade and globalisation.

Before 1956, goods used to be carried in different ways on ships, packed in individual crates, baskets, or sacks. Containerisation enabled goods to be moved easily and quickly in the same 20-foot long metal boxes — from ships to trucks and trains. This completely changed the way goods are being carried across the sea.

To prepare for this new way of shipping, Singapore made the bold decision to build Southeast Asia’s first container terminal at Tanjong Pagar, and in 1972, welcomed the first container ship, the MV Nihon, into Singapore.

PRESENT:
Moving the
economy

Today, Singapore is the world’s busiest hub for transhipment traffic, with a record high of 37.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) of container throughput in 2021.

In addition to being a comprehensive hub for shipping and maritime services such as bunkering, shipbroking, ship finance and maritime insurance, Singapore is also fast becoming Asia’s hub for maritime law and arbitration, and is a key centre for offshore and marine engineering activities.

PRESENT:
Moving
the economy

Today, Singapore is the world’s busiest hub for transhipment traffic, with a record high of 37.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) of container throughput in 2021.

In addition to being a comprehensive hub for shipping and maritime services such as bunkering, shipbroking, ship finance and maritime insurance, Singapore is also fast becoming Asia’s hub for maritime law and arbitration, and is a key centre for offshore and marine engineering activities.

FUTURE:
Moving
the world

To stay competitive as a global hub port, Singapore continues to invest in talents and technology to increase our port capacity, boost productivity, and transform port operations.

The new Tuas Port, when completed in the 2040s, is set to be the world’s largest container terminal, with a total capacity of 65 million TEUs. Technology innovations that will be used here include automation, unmanned vehicles, data analytics, and one-stop solutions for industry players.

Beyond sea-based jobs such as seafaring, the maritime sector also offers exciting shore-based roles in automation, robotics, data analytics, engineering, legal, finance and more.

50 years and moving
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