Meriden Port Services achieves productivity record amidst transhipment volume growth

Meriden Port Services achieves productivity record amidst transhipment volume growth
The MSC LIVORNO

Meriden Port Services (MPS), located in the Port of Tema, achieved an all-time productivity record of 139.91 moves per hour as its transhipment volumes grow.

The record was achieved shortly after the terminal welcomed the first call of Hapag Lloyd’s Middle East-India-African Express (MIAX) service for the transhipment of fresh fruit onto the WAX service destined for Belgium.

APM Terminals (APMT) has attributed its success to the €1bn (US$1.2bn) investment it completed earlier this year as well as legal reforms which has enabled transhipment.

Mohamed Samara, chief executive officer of MPS, said: “The new MPS Terminal 3 has the ideal characteristics required of hub ports around the world.

“These include; high efficiency levels, accessibility, frequency of calls, number of shipping lines, short waiting times at anchorage, fast vessel turnaround time, higher port capacity, and berth availability as well as the highest throughput vessel per call in West Africa.”

The MSC LIVORNO, part of a fleet of Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) deployed on MSC’s Africa Express (AFEX) weekly service into Ghana, achieved 145.86 moves per hour after adjusting permissible deductible times.

It is thought to be the best record on the West African coastline, beating the previous record of 112 moves per hour was achieved on MSC ALTAIR at Terminal 3 on May 15, 2020.

Hapag Lloyd announced its decision to use MPS Terminal 3 to tranship South Africa and Europe and its new MIAX service is designed to offer direct connections and fast transit times between the Persian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka), La Reunion through to South and West Africa.

Samad Osman, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Africa area, said: “The new MIAX service enables us to offer our customers very attractive transit times between South and West Africa, Middle East and India, at the same time, we are integrating Africa even more tightly into our global network.”

This has been made possible thanks to the support of the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, which has been recognised by MPS’ Head of Legal and Compliance Frank Ebo Brown.

Brown said: “Since identifying the legal barriers to facilitate transhipment trade, they have advocated and worked together with us on amending the old transhipment laws to allow a much more robust and fluid transhipment process to reflect present happenings in major shipping hubs.”

Peter Mac Manu, board chairman of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, noted that the creation of direct services and reduction in the transit times will result clear trade efficiency and significantly open up the economy to more industries and sustainable investments.

The Ghana Ports and Harbous Authority has a 30% stake in MPS, which is a joint venture between APMT (35%) and Bollore Transport and Logistics (35%).