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First phase of Tema Port expansion completed ahead of schedule

First phase of Tema Port expansion completed ahead of schedule
Works were due for completion by the end of June

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.