Since the successful opening of the new MPS Terminal 3 at Tema Port in June of this year with 700 metres of quay wall, the First 2 New Berths, the project has continued to perform ahead of its deadline, and last week the project team handed over to the operations another part of the waterfront 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 June 2020 completion date. With this achievement, the terminal now consists of 920 metres of available berth; 43 hectares of stacking space; and 25 hectares of common user area with all required facilities.
The remaining 80 metres of Quay wall and a further 20 hectares of stacking space at the Third New Berth will be made available in Q1-2020 – again, several months ahead of schedule.
The New Port Operational facilities have been designed and integrated along with several automated processes and systems, including scanners and weigh-bridges at the Gate-In and Gate-Out. This high-end technology and equipment has been synchronised with our fully-integrated container terminal operations at the new port facility, to eliminate congestion and maximise 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 economies of scale) and arriving in West Africa to a deep draft, and being able to lighten-up vessels at Tema as first port of 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 – wherein shipping lines can create regional services by 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 on 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 will 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 take-over of Terminal 2 by GPHA will present significant prospects 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 Fourth 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 efficiency 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 and 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 efficient connectivity between Ghana’s importers and exporters, with AfFCTA markets and beyond.
Neo-Panamax vessels docking at MPS Terminal 3
Upon the launching of two out of the four new berths in July 2019, the MPS Terminal 3 has prompted several changes in the maritime industry, wherein some of the shipping lines quickly deployed ships with capacities reaching 8,000 TEUs (Post Panamax II). What’s more, MPS Terminal 3 is becoming the first-port-of-call in the region for several liner services.
Hours after handing over part of the third New Berth to operations, the first Neo-Panamax vessel with capacity of 13,100 TEUs was berthed alongside the MPS Terminal 3. The MSC RENEE has a Gross Tonnage of 141,635 and Deadweight of 148,549 tonnes. The length over all is 366.45metres and has a maximum draft of 16 metres.
MPS is on course in construction of the second phase of the Tema Port Expansion Project, and we have so far outlaid the bulk of the US$1.5bn investment in the Port of Tema. To date, MPS has completed two new berths with a draft of 16 metres and a length of 700 metres and the third new berth is set to be largely completed; 220 metres of the 300 metres in the third berth was handed over to Operations on the 29th November, 2019.
The MPS Terminal 3 has been developed with sustainable infrastructure fitted with superstructure and the best of the world’s technology to deliver the highest standards to the port users. The depth, the quay length, the large gantry cranes, sophisticated technology, higher port capacity, efficiency, accessibility, the short waiting time at anchorage, fast vessel turnaround time and berth availability are the optimal criteria for making Terminal 3 a hub for Africa.