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MPS is Gearing Up for Phase 2 & Boosting the Capacity of Terminal 3 at Tema Port

Meridian Port Services LTD has signed a USD 53.31 million Purchase Agreement with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC)...


Being the 1st port of call for several Liner Services in West Africa with improved handling capacity, certainly Meridian Port Services Ltd (MPS) attracted several shipping lines to put MPS Terminal 3 to the test as a potential transhipment hub and MPS has succeeded operationally and commercially to provide the expected service levels.

MPS Terminal 3 is currently running with berth occupancy in the range of 90% on the 3 new berths and the civil works on the 4th New Berth was completed back on 1st October 2021. The wharf at MPS Terminal 3 is geared with 11 STS cranes and 2 Mobile Harbour Cranes backed by 29 eRTG’s , several Reachstackers and Empty Handlers. With the envisaged increase in volumes (Gateway & Transhipment) we are gearing-up so to cater for larger capacity.

The Management of MPS simulated volume scenarios and presented to the Board of Directors an investment in additional gantry cranes (3 STS cranes and 12 eRTGs) and several ancillary container handling equipment as well as upgrading the backup power plant from 12 MVA to anywhere between 18 to 24 MVA.


Project Background and Rationale

Meridian Port Services Ltd (MPS) is a joint venture company between Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), APM Terminals and Bolloré Transport & Logistics. MPS operates the largest container terminal in Ghana if not the largest in the region. The Tema Port Expansion Project was built in line with the vision of GPHA to become the Gateway and a Hub Port within the Sub Region.

Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Services Ltd had a successful partnership in the development and implementation of Terminal 2 within the existing Tema Port facility and as the need arose to increase capacity to handle larger vessels; MPS and GPHA embarked again on developing and transforming the Port of Tema into a Hub Port.

MPS has built and currently operating the dedicated container terminal (MPS Terminal 3) in Tema Port. The new MPS Terminal 3 has increased the container handling capacity and capabilities along with the investment in cutting edge equipment, technology and digitalisation where it is widely recognised as a world-class actor in the port industry.

The container receipt & delivery at Tema Port is currently running 24/7 throughout the year (except on Good Friday and Christmas days).  The digitalization of processes at the Port (in line with the Government’s call for a Paperless Port System) has been completed and there is a seamless flow of transactions online after the Ministry of Trade and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority spearheaded the implementation of the ICUMS platform with dedicated support from MPS who brought shipping lines, terminals and the Authorities including GPHA together to implement a rigorous process at Terminal 3 to ensure that the revenues and security of the Port of Tema are well protected.

The investment in waterfront and yard cranes, standby electricity generating plants, scanners and training of personnel has given Tema Port “especially Terminal 3” the capacity to receive larger vessels and provide high service levels for the shipping lines to decrease turnaround times for them thereby decreasing their cost of doing business and facilitating trade.

The efforts put in so far with the support of the Customs Division of GRA and the Ministry of Trade & Industry have created opportunities for a more integrated trade economy in Africa and in effect solidify Ghana’s contribution to the continent’s role in the global logistics chain.


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