Spacious working environment of port workers

Workers situated at essentially spacious ports and wharfs certainly do not have it easy in terms of shelter,  transportation and washroom relief. This is especially evident in the major ports all around the world, such as the port of Singapore, where it holds the title of world’s second busiest port because it handles a large percentage of total shipping tonnage in the world. It also tranships up to a tenth of the world’s shipping containers. Hence, the ports of Singapore will need to be extra wide and spacious to accommodate the huge volumes of container ships and shipping containers.

Unique challenges faced by port workers

Due to the nature and requirement of working at a major port, unique challenges arises for port workers due to the absence of power, water, and sewage. The nearest permanent facilities are usually at least 8-10 minutes away. The workers will need to walk this distance just to relieve themselves.

Transportation is a challenge as well due to how wide and spacious ports are. Hence, before the start of work, workers will usually be transported via a scheduled internal transportation system from common pick up points to their respective stations at the ports. Likewise, after the end of work, they will be picked up from their stations to be transported to the same pick up points.

Weather can pose as quite a challenge, especially during monsoon seasons where there can be bouts of heavy winds and rains. While waiting for the transport to arrive, workers will usually need to endure the discomfort of such weathers, risking being drenched and wet as there are usually limited amount of shelter they can seek from, especially in open areas like ports.

Container solution driven with the needs to meet

In order to address the challenges to meet the needs and welfare of the port workers, PSA proposed and commissioned a project with OSG Containers to develop a container solution, aka Wharf Amenity. A shipping container modified to encompass three functionalities of bus stop, shelter, and toilet facilities.

Upon the first glance, Wharf Amenity addresses the need of a shelter when workers are waiting for their transportation. Aside from providing a roof over the top, lighting and fan are also provided within it for the comfort of users, with up to 10 seating capacities available too.

Alongside the bus stop, a toilet facility for up 2 pax at one go are also included for workers who needs toilet relieves. Each toilet cubicle includes a mirror, a wash basin, exhaust fan ventilation and a toilet bowl. Water and sewage system is solved by utilising self-storage IBC holding tanks.

Last but not least, off-grid and mobility elements are important aspects for Wharf Amenity to address as well.
Hence, for the sake of daily operational convenience, it is also developed and designed so that it can be easily move around closer to different vessels’ anchorage using existing wharf’s gantry crane. This overall also presents itself further potentials in deploying more units of Wharf Amenity to more ports around to address the same common problems faced by many.

Eco-friendly technologies employed for self sustainability

The last part of the challenge is to address the need for remote power capabilities that comes along with Wharf Amenity. Diesel generators are out of question, given the list of cons it provides. Firstly, it is harmful to the environment as it runs on diesels. Secondly, there is the hassle that comes along, including the installation, the loud noise it produces, and weight and bulk. All of these aspects far outweighs the issues we needed to tackle in the first place with Wharf Amenity.

Therefore, eco-friendly technologies such as solar, wind, thermal and gravitational energy solutions were undoubtedly decided on and implemented within Wharf Amenity to complement the proposed and intended solutions.

First of all, wind powered ventilator and solar panels are built on top of wharf amenity to power up the electricals needed to run the lighting and ventilations. Wharf Amenity becomes essentially self sustaining in terms of power utilities.

Furthermore, to save even more energy outputs, LED light and ventilation with motion sensor and photocell sensor are installed in place. This resulted in saving energy as the energy consumption will only be utilised when the sensors detect human activities within both the sheltered bus stop and toilet facility. When no one is using, the light and ventilation will be automatically switched off to save energy.

Last but not least, Wharf Amenity is a 40ft used shipping container modified, giving shipping containers a new lease of life beyond its intended purposes. Overall there are still many possibilities for shipping containers. 

If you would like to buy/rent shipping containers, explore the feasibility of using repurposed shipping container modified for your premises, or even use containers as a setting for filming, feel free to speak to us today.

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