The Tema Port Expansion Project has been given a major boost as Meridian Ports Services Ltd takes delivery of the first batch of 4 STS and 8 Electric Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes at the Tema Port Expansion Project site about 6 months before the completion of the 1st phase of that project.
The cranes have an associated technology components including the software that controls all the drives such as hoisting gear, gantry and trolley gear among others.
Meridian Ports Services Limited (MPS) is a consortium made up 3 major organisations as shareholders, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, A.P. Moller Terminals and Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
The new MPS Terminal, when completed and operations commence at the Port of Tema is widely expected to be operating the biggest and most efficient container terminal in West and Central Africa.
Recorded as the largest fleet ever acquired by West Africa in the Port Industry, the cranes are of superior quality and the highest technology.
The Ship-To-Shore cranes are Super Post Panamax with 65-meter outreach capable of handling containers on board vessels up to 23 rows and 10 on deck while the Electric Rubber Tyre Gantries are capable of stacking containers 7 wide and 1 over 5 high in the container yards.
These cranes are also designed in a friendly manner to make work comfortable for operators while they are expected to be installed at the new facility and be fully operational in June 2019 when the new port goes live.
“The big cranes will be discharged directly on the rails you see over here while the rubber cranes will be discharged on wheels and the will roll into position within the yard,” Mohammad Samara, CEO of MPS said.
The Harbour Master of Tema Port, Captain Christian Yeboah disclosed that a lot of safety and navigation exercise were considered before the vessel carrying the cranes was made to berth.
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La expressed excitement about the arrival of the cranes.