Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has begun operations at Singapore’s Jurong Port following the signing of a lease agreement to manage an on-dock processing centre that will support manufacturers of high and heavy ro-ro equipment.
"Through this partnership, WWL will make extensive use of Jurong Port’s ro-ro capabilities. This will further enhance our strong relationship with WWL and will also strengthen our role as an international multi-purpose port operator," said Matthew Chan, CEO of Jurong Port."
From January WWL is offering temporary storage and light technical services. The facility will have a storage capacity for approximately 400 units, approximately 1,500m2 of buildings for technical services and a total area of 18,237m2  that can be further expanded as demand increases.
Over the upcoming 12 to 16 months, WWL has said it will phase in a broader range of services for shippers of high-and-heavy cargo, including inspections and checks, washing/cleaning, repairs/fitments, storage, preventative maintenance, PDI and dealer distribution.
“With significant growth of heavy rolling equipment sales in Asia expected over the decade, Jurong Port is poised to become one of the highest quality ro-ro hubs in Southeast Asia,” said Christen Schreuder, WWL’s head of Commercial in Asia. “Our ambition is to help equipment manufacturers reach these markets while reducing inventory carrying costs, shortening lead times, and improving product availability.”
The port sits at the centre of WWL’s ocean network in Asia. It currently offers a China to Japan Express, and an Intra Asia Trade that connects major ports in Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.
Jurong Port handles around 14m tonnes of general and bulk cargo and 0.8m TEUs of container cargo, with a total of about 40,000 vessels calling annually.