Port of Tema new container terminal to open in June

PORT OF TEMA, Ghana: March 2019. With the arrival of seven ship-to-shore and 20 RTG ultra-modern gantry cranes, the Port of Tema is scheduled to open for business on June 28 this year with two deep-water berths for container handling.

The cranes are some of the final pieces of a US$1.0 billion investment project being managed by Meridian Port Services (MPS), a joint venture between APM Terminals (35 percent) Bolloré Africa Logistics (35 percent) and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (30 percent).

The seven Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes are not only some of the largest in the world but also amongst the most advanced. Standing at a height of 89 meters, and 134 meters high with the boom raised, this is equivalent to a 40-50 story building. They provide a 50.8 metre lift height (above rail) and a 66-metre outreach capable of handling containers up to 23 rows and over 10 on deck with a maximum lift of 65 tons.

The port has also taken delivery of 20 electric-powered Rubber Tire Gantries (eRTG) capable of stacking and storing containers seven wide and over five high.

The existing container facility, operated by MPS since 2007, has reached its maximum capacity. Tema’s new port infrastructure will provide capacity for 3.5 million TEUs annually and is planned to serve as a regional hub for West Africa.