The Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng, has paid a working visit to the Tema Port Expansion Project. The visit was to ascertain what preparations have been made as opening of the Expanded Port of Tema nears, in June 2019.
The CEO of MPS, Mohamed Samara, described the container terminal as one designed with the utmost interests of the nation at heart. The presentation revealed that the new infrastructure is designed and equipped with cutting-edge technology – not only for operational productivities, but also includes the best practices being implemented in the most advanced ports, with processes dedicated for the enhancement of Boarder Security and Safeguarding Government Revenue.
The new container terminal has been designed with a fully integrated process and secure gate operating system. It includes the best Terminal Operating System (TOS) Navis- N4), Truck Appointment System (TAS), Biometric Access Control for drivers, Optical character recognition (OCR) for detecting container numbers, Weigh Bridges, Scanners and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for recognising trucks within the terminal. “This fully integrated port infrastructure investment is being implemented to maximise efficiency, enhance border security and add value to the economy,” the CEO of MPS said.
The Tema Sector Commander for the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Dr. Godfred Okoh-Appiah, confirmed that the Customs administration role is incorporated in this system.
The Deputy-Minister of Finance, impressed with the investment and laid-down processes said: “Indeed, this is commendable; it is obvious that it will drive economic growth. I assure you that the ministry will be on hand to guide and support the relevant government agencies to safeguard state revenue”.
The deputy-minister and delegation were subsequently given a tour of the new terminal, where he experienced first-hand how operations will be done from the cranes. He was elated with the skills and competence of the Ghanaian talent pool who manned the cranes.
The Tema Sector Commander, Dr. Okoh-Appiah, disclosed that his outfit is fully aware of the responsibility that lies ahead and are committed to meeting the expected revenue targets at the Tema Port. “We have made preparations to start working around the clock, that is 24 hours, to cater for the trade and industry development and complement operations of the new container terminal. What we are doing is redeploying ourselves into a shift system for effective operations, and will undoubtedly create more jobs,” said Dr. Okoh-Appiah.
MPS is a joint venture between Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Holdings Limited, which is in turn a joint venture with Bolloré Transport and Logistics and APM Terminals as the two main shareholders.
The company operates with a vision to provide world-class Container Handling services which contribute to trade facilitation, and to position Ghana as a leader in the world maritime industry.