On 15 November 2023, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, in the presence of Philippe Labonne, Chairman of AGL, officially launched the second phase of the Tema port expansion project and commissioned 03 quayside gantry cranes (STS) and 12 fleet gantry cranes (e-RTG).
Led by Meridian Port Services (MPS), whose reference shareholders are AGL, APM Terminals and the Ghana Ports Authority (GPHA), the phase 2 works, worth a total of 150 million US dollars, consist of the development of 270,000 square metres of storage area and the installation of new equipment. It will increase the terminal's capacity from 100 to 127 hectares.
This project to extend the port of Tema, which is being carried out by the Eiffage Genie Civil Marine and Se Simone Ltd consortium, will increase the length of the quay to 1.4 km, with four deep berths equipped with sophisticated container handling gantry cranes and terminal operating systems.
It will be able to accommodate large-capacity ships. Phase 2, scheduled for completion in September 2025, will increase handling capacity from 2.5 to 3.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
The quayside and yard gantry cranes commissioned on this occasion by the President of the Republic of Ghana will increase the terminal's capacity for handling import and export goods. The equipment will also improve the efficiency of ship loading and unloading operations, boosting the terminal's overall performance.
"These new port cranes are a testament to our commitment to Ghana's economic growth. This state-of-the-art equipment will strengthen the position of the Port of Tema as one of the most efficient in sub-Saharan Africa," said Mr Mohamed Samara, Managing Director of MPS.
Mps provides ghana with a modern infrastructure capable of supporting the country's development strategy. It has already improved the country's connectivity and opened up prospects for industrialisation. In this way, the port of Tema is helping to boost trade in the region. Today, this port has become an essential lever for the employment of young Ghanaians and a growth accelerator for our economy," said Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Ghana's Minister of Transport.
MPS is designed to help Ghana realise its ambitions as a pioneer of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), for which it hosts the Executive Secretariat. MPS has now been awarded the "Green Terminal" label by Bureau Veritas, and offers a modern port infrastructure equipped with cutting-edge technology to help Ghana connect with Africa and the rest of the world.