Meridian Port Services has completed the entire Phase 1 works of the expansion of Tema Port two months ahead of schedule.
After two berths at MPS Terminal 3 went live at the end of June 2019, the entire Phase 1 works were due to be completed by June 28, 2020.
Board chairman of MPS, Dr. Edmund Osei Tutu Prempeh, said: “The responsibility of it living up to its expectation depends on the operations team, I have no doubt that they are squarely up to the task to complete our economic transformation to become a hub.”
The new harbour basin was created on a 3 km long beach directly on the Atlantic Ocean and right on the Meridian Timeline.
Building into the sea, from the beach, the breakwater root goes 1,550 m into the ocean with a 2 km long arm extending eastwards from the root of the breakwater parallel to the quay wall.
The 3,558 m long breakwater harbours 450 ha (1,110 acres) of maritime waterfront. The new harbour basin is accessible through a 3,500 m long by 225 m wide entrance channel into a turning basin/circle of 500 m diameter.
The access channel has been dredged to 18.7 m, the turning basin to 17.4 m and 16.9 m by the quay wall to accommodate vessels of 16 m in draught to dock alongside all berths.
Phase 1’s scope of works included building a 1,000 m long wharf which consists of three berths and a 98 ha (242 acres) terminal facility on land reclaimed from the sea.
The area on which 45m paving blocks were laid down features drainage, sewage, water, fire, electrical and IT services, a 12 MW back-up power station, administration buildings for MPS and the authorities, a maintenance workshop, a 60 bay unstuffing shed for customs, six scanners, several gate facilities, a fire plant, sewage treatment facilities and 1,400 reefer container plugs.
Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS, said: “This major development requires that each member of the port community works towards the common goal of reaching global standards through consistent long and short term efforts.”
Since the go-live of Terminal 3 in July 2019, there has been a steady increase in productivity and the flow of container traffic.