APM Terminals to Open Port of Tema in June
All 7 ship-to-shore and 20 RTG ultra-modern gantry cranes have arrived for installation in the Port of Tema, Ghana, said APM Terminals, international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague.
These are one of the final pieces of a $1.0bn investment by APM Terminals and its partners in Meridian Port Services (MPS), Bolloré Africa Logistics and Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority.
With crane commissioning and operator training now taking place, the Port is on schedule to open on June 28 this year.
The breakwater and access channel, able to accommodate the world's largest container ships, and the first 2 deep-water berths are expected to be able to receive commercial vessels by the end of June 2019.
Port infrastructure for receiving and delivering containers from/to shippers and consignees will also be ready. The third new berth will be operational in the first quarter of 2020, ahead of the scheduled completion in June 2020. A fourth berth will follow bringing the quay length to 1,400 m.
The 7 new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes are not only some of the largest Ship-to-Shore cranes in the world, but also amongst the most advanced.
Standing at a towering height of 89 meters, and 134 meters high with the boom raised, this is equivalent to 40-50 story building. They offer a 50.8m lift height (above rail) and a 66-meter outreach capable of handling containers on board vessels up to 23 rows, and over 10 on deck. They have a maximum lift of 65 Ton (Twin Lift).
The Port has also taken delivery of a fleet of 20 eRTG (Electric Rubber Tyre Gantries) capable of stacking containers 7 wide and 1 over 5 high in the container yards. The cranes are electrically powered instead of using diesel generators, contributing to an improvement in the environment.
This massive infrastructure project is being managed by Meridian Port Services, a joint venture between APM Terminals (35%) Bolloré Africa Logistics (35%) and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (30%).