The Meridian Port Services (MPS) has commissioned a newly constructed berth at the Tema Port.
The new berth is the fourth in MPS’ Tema Port expansion project.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Port’s fourth berth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MPS, Mohamed Samara, said aside the new berth, other container handling equipment and an additional 16 gantry cranes (3 STS and 13 eRTG) were on order to meet growing container traffic demands.
Describing the new fourth berth as not the end of the Tema Port expansion project, Mr Samara outlined the growth of the company and the investments made so far, emphasising on the company’s vision to harness the location of the Tema Port along with its enabling factors to become the first-port-of- call and a transhipment hub.
“The anticipation was for transhipment to grow with us and here we are, we have done it. Since our establishment, we have carried along the values of safety, security, health, environment, and welfare of human resource,” he said.
“We still hold high these values hence the EDGE certification (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency, an innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group) ISO Management Systems ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 covering quality of service, environment and the occupational health & safety including the Pedestrian-Free Terminal concept that was created by MPS over 10 years ago as well as the recent 2-Stars Green Terminal accreditation received,” he said.
He further intimated that the capacity had been doubled since starting operations in Terminal 3.
The Director-General for the Port Authority, Mr Michael Luguje promised that GPHA would continue to create a business-friendly environment for all stakeholders.
Director-General for the Port Authority, Michael Luguje said “GPHA is satisfied with the progress that has been made. As a landlord and shareholder of MPS, we will continue to provide an enabling environment for container business to thrive, for Ghana’s ports to be the most efficient, most attractive and most secure. ”
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Michael Okyere Baafi, who described the MPS facility as an interplay between infrastructure, industrialisation and service sectors providing an important platform for import and export transactions to support development.
“The development of an efficient and integrated multi-modal infrastructure plays a critical role in reducing trade costs and enhancing competitiveness to promote intra- regional trade. The development of trade related infrastructure is therefore critical for the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement,” he stated.
The Board Chairman of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr Isaac Osei also disclosed that GPHA’s goal was to ensure the transformation of the port facilities to world-class standards by partnering with private stakeholders to improve on the quality of services rendered in the port.