The Port of Tema is widely recognized by shipping lines as the best performing container port in West and Central Africa. The Port handles 80% of Tema’s annual container volume. In 2017, the Port began to reach maximum capacity and a USD 1.0 billion investment in infrastructure, equipment and manpower training was initiated. The first phase was inaugurated in June 2019. Completion of Phase II is expected by end of 2020, two years earlier than initially planned.
This new gigantic Port Infrastructure will be able to accommodate Ghana’s trade & industry growth as well as serving as the regional hub for West Africa and beyond. Expanding the port using superior infrastructure and modern, advanced technology will allow Ghanaian companies to compete for business in the most cost-effective way.
With a depth of 18 meters, the new entrance channel to the Port is one of the deepest in Africa, allowing the worlds’ biggest vessels to enter both today and in the coming years. The harbour basin provides the space to dredge deeper and build additional wharves if required. It can currently accommodate up to 20 berths (depending on vessel size) with MPS operating on 4 berths.
The 7 new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes are not only some of the largest Ship-to-Shore cranes in the world, but also amongst the most advanced. Standing at a towering height of 89 meters, and 134 meters high with the boom raised, this is equivalent to 40-50 story building. They offer a 50.8m lift height (above rail) and a 66-meter outreach capable of handling containers on board vessels up to 23 rows, and over 10 on deck. They have a maximum lift of 65 Ton (Twin Lift).
The Port also operates a fleet of 20 eRTG (Electric Rubber Tyre Gantries) capable of stacking containers 7 wide and 1 over 5 high in the container yards. The cranes are electrically powered instead of using diesel generators, contributing to an improvement in the environment.
A new six-lane highway will also be constructed between the port at Tema and capital city of Accra, to enhance the movement of cargo to and from the hinterland. The new harbour facility will be totally paved to enhance the use of the container terminal.
|TERMINAL VIEW||OLD TERMINAL||NEW TERMINAL|
|THROUGHPUT CAPACITY||1,000,000 TEUS||3,700,000 TEUS|
|QUAY / BERTHS||574 m & 2 BERTHS||1,400 m & 4 BERTHS|
|SHORE CRANES||2 STS with 15 Outreach 3 STS with 14 Outreach 3 MHC with 14 Outreach 2 MHC with 15 Outreach5 MHC with 14 Outreach||7 STS with 23 Outreach 2 STS with 15 Outreach 2 MHC with 15 Outreach|
|RUBBER TYRED GANTRY CRANES||9 RTGs||29 e-RTGs|
|TRACTORS AND TRAILERS||35||42|
|TERMINAL OPERATING SYSTEM||NAVIS N-4||NAVIS N-4|
|REACHSTACKERS & FORKLIFTS||20||20|
|POWER STATION||7 MVA @ 11 Kv||20 MVA @ 20Kv|
In April 2017, MPS was awarded Terminal Operator of the year in the maiden Ghana Maritime and Shipping Awards held in Accra. In 2015, the Company was also adjudged the Best Performing Container Terminal Operator in West Africa & Central Africa at the African Ports Awards held in Abidjan.
In 2004, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority granted Meridian Port Services (MPS) a concession to build and operate the container terminal at the Port of Tema. The newly constructed container terminal commenced operations in April 2007 deploying the most advanced port equipment and technologies along with investment in training the entire staff.
Meridian Port Services (MPS) is a joint venture between Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (30%), APM Terminals (35%) and Bolloré Transport and Logistics (35%).