Since the successful opening of the new MPS Terminal 3 at Tema Port in June of this year with 700 meter of quay wall, First 2 New Berths, the project has continued to perform ahead of its deadline and today the project team are handing over to the operations another part of the water front at the Third New Berth (220m of the 300m Quay wall).
This new stretch of waterfront is being delivered 7 months ahead of the scheduled completion in June 2020. With this achievement the terminal now consists of 920 meters of available berth; 43 hectare of stacking space; 25 hectare of common user area and all required facilities.
The remaining 80 meters of Quay wall and a further 20 hectare of stacking space of the Third New Berth will be made available in Q1 2020, again several months ahead of schedule. https://youtu.be/aAL_V4WanQE
The New Port Operational facilities has been designed and integrated along with several automated processes and systems including scanners and weighbridges at the Gate-In and Gate-Out. These high-end technology and equipment has been synchronized with our fully integrated container terminal operations at the new port facility to eliminate congestion and maximize efficiency levels without compromising on security at the Port.
This expanded infrastructure is bringing numerous opportunities to the Shipping Lines starting with deploying larger vessels (gain from the economy of scale) and arrive to West Africa with deep draft and be able to lighten up vessels at Tema as first port call etc.
Combining MPS Terminal 3’s Location, infrastructure & superstructure, advanced terminal operating systems, efficient port accessibility, highest frequency calls, concentration of shipping lines, shortest waiting time, fastest vessel turnaround time, highest capacity and berth availability, MPS is well suited to provide the needed elements for a hub-feeder system where shipping lines can create regional services efficiently connecting Ghana’s Trade and Industry to the various West African ports and beyond.
The consequential benefits that Ghanaian shippers and consignees are deriving from Terminal 3 are shorter transit time, lower sea freight, connectivity to the port following Tema on the same vessel rotation and opening new trading routes in addition to effective penetration into new markets etc.
Between now and March 2020 and while ramping up operations on part of the Third New Berth, MPS shall start the final transition from Terminal 2 to terminal 3 and gradually wind down its operations at Terminal 2 which will be operated by GPHA.
The early takeover of Terminal 2 by GPHA will present significant prospect for the Multi-Purpose Vessels operators (RoRo, General Cargo, Break-Bulk, Tankers etc.) as well as the bulk commodity importers and exporters. The deeper draft and the potential investment in general cargo handling systems will bring about increased level of efficiency and savings adding value to the trade and the economy at large.
During the remainder of 2020 the Forth New Berth and reclamation of the areas behind it will also be completed far before their committed date in 2022.
Global trade, supply chains, production processes and countries’ economic integration are heavily dependent on Port efficient and the supporting logistics.
With the rolling out of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfFCTA), Ghana is able to harness this opportunity in the areas of trade & industry, job creation and will significantly open up the economy to more industries and sustainable investments.
MPS’ Terminal 3 has its role cut out to provide the efficient connectivity between the Ghana’s importers and exporters with AfFCTA markets and beyond.