Reclamation & Marine Infrastructure

White Paper 


Thrust 1: Reclamation & Marine Infrastructure

Thrust Leaders: Assoc Prof Goh Teck Chee, Anthony
Assoc Prof Law Wing-Kueng, Adrian

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JTC Co-leaders: SnPrECS/Lam Kok Pang
SnPrECS/James Lee Eik Yeong

Focus Area:
  • Alternative reclamation materials
  • Fast reclamation technologies
  • Waterfront Space optimization
  • Coastal engineering & hydrodynamics
  • Ship handling stimulations
  • Floating Structures
  • Submerged & sea bed utilization

Being one of the national reclamation agents, JTC has been undertaking reclamation projects to support the rising demand for land for industrial growth in Singapore. For us to continue our work, we need to ensure that there are continuous supplies of reliable fill materials. JTC seeks for innovative solutions to transform undesirable weak soft soils from land excavation and marine dredging within Singapore into usable engineered fill. In this way, we can mitigate two intractable challenges in parallel: the disposal of large quantities of weak soils from excavation activities such as MRT construction in land scarce Singapore; and the provision of a new source of valuable reclamation fill.

At the same time, we are looking for new ideas and technologies in reclamation design and construction to overcome the reclamation challenges faced as we venture into deeper waters with more stringent environmental requirements. We believe that our pursuit to apply new ideas will ultimately help to reduce reclamation costs and improve our productivity so that we are able to deliver the new lands faster and cheaper to secure investors interest.

Land reclamation has significantly modified the coastline of Singapore and has caused considerable impact to the surrounding shorelines, marine environment, navigation traffic, etc. As we embark on larger and more complex reclamation and marine infrastructure projects in the future, we will need to enhance our capabilities to conduct comprehensive studies on coastal engineering, hydrodynamics modeling, as well as ship handling stimulations to help us make more informed decisions, reduce undesirable impact and to formulate & develop better plans and project concepts.

As a small nation, Singapore has limited waterfront and sea space. We need to explore ways to optimize our waterfront designs to ensure more efficient usage of waterfront resources and integrate facilities and synergetic industrial activities for more productive land use. JTC is investing in the future by exploring unconventional sea space products such as Very Large Floating Vessels for oil storage to complement existing land space to support industry growth and meet our customers’ evolving needs & demands.