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Singapore Cruise Centre announces $20 million upgrade for Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

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SCC to modernize TMFT with a $20 million upgrade, enhancing passenger experience and preparing for future growth.

SINGAPORE – Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) will undertake a $20 million upgrade of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) to modernise its facilities, enhance passenger experience and position for growth.

The additions and alterations (A&A) work will be carried out in stages from January to December 2024 with no changes to ongoing ferry services including ferry schedules.

The upgrade will see the installation of self-service kiosks and systems that will allow passengers to do their own check-in, drop their bags, and clear immigration at automated gates, speeding up departure procedures. SCC will also integrate its core proprietary passenger and baggage processing system, Cruise and Ferry Operation System (CFOS), with the self-service kiosks and gates.

The interior of the ferry terminal will be redesigned and refreshed and will feature a new black-and-white themed look. While the footprint of the terminal remains unchanged, the redesign will help to make better use of space, leading to a bigger departure area.

There will also be more food and beverage outlets, an outdoor play area for children, and new lounges, among others. Toilets throughout the terminal will also be revamped, and ferry operators will get new counters to cater to those who need to buy tickets or require assistance with check-in. Hybrid cooling systems will complement the earlier installed solar panels to make the terminal even more energy efficient.

Construction in key passenger areas will commence in March and SCC will make all efforts to minimise inconvenience to passengers by closing work areas in stages.

SCC Chief Executive Jacqueline Tan said: “Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal remains an important regional gateway for Singapore to the Riau Islands of Batam and Bintan, and Desaru Coast and Tanjung Pengelih in Malaysia. The makeover of the terminal and automation of our services to improve efficiency are timely as we position the terminal for future growth.

“By the end of the year when our upgrading is completed, we will be able to deliver a seamless, contactless passenger journey through Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal while increasing our productivity and efficiency.”

Ms Tan added that the upgrade will expand the terminal’s capacity by 20% as a result of better use of space and automation, allowing TMFT to serve over three million passengers in future.

Tanah Merah is one of three ferry terminals and one cruise terminal operated by SCC, the others being its international cruise and regional ferry terminal at HarbourFront Centre, and its domestic ferry terminal at Pasir Panjang.

More than one million passengers travelled to Batam and Bintan in the Riau Islands (Indonesia), and Desaru Coast and Tanjung Pengelih (Malaysia) through TMFT in 2023. The ferries at TMFT are operated by Batam Fast, Bintan Resort Ferries, Majestic Fast Ferry, and Sindo Ferry. In addition, a growing number also fly into or depart from Changi Airport and take the fly-ferry / ferry-fly shuttle bus service run in partnership with Changi Airport to Terminals 1 and 4.

TMFT was constructed in 1995 to promote and service passenger commuters for the growth triangle of Singapore, Batam and Bintan islands and Johor, Malaysia. Its last major renovation was in 2007.

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