Following the launch of MPS Terminal 3 in the port of Tema, Ghana, on June 28, a high-level government delegation sat down this week with the terminal's management team. Topics covered included safeguarding government revenue generation, border security and how to effectively take advantage of the maximum economic benefits of the Ghana Trade and Industry connection to the African single market of 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of $ 3 billion.
During the meeting, Mr. Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS Terminal 3, announced that shareholders approved the immediate construction of Phase 2, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, two years ahead of schedule.
With a depth of 18 meters, the new entrance channel to the Port is one of the deepest in Africa, allowing the largest ships in the world to enter both today and in the coming years. The port basin provides the space to dredge deeper and build additional springs if necessary. Currently it can accommodate up to 20 berths (depending on the size of the boat) with MPS operating in 4 berths.
It is expected that the new MPS Terminal 3 will further improve the productivity and capacity of the port. The anticipated reduction in commercial costs will lead to an increase in commercial volume and turnover for importers and exporters in Ghana. This, in turn, will generate value for the economy along with the creation of new jobs.
A central port in Tema will connect Ghana with the African consumer markets through direct services, shorter transit times and competitive shipping rates. It is expected to attract more investments in facilities / factories around the port of Tema.
MPS has invested more than 24 million dollars in Customs Inspection Infrastructure and Superstructure to facilitate commercial movement without problems.
MPS Terminal 3 uses a variety of connected gate technologies, including license plate recognition (LPR) to read the license plate of a vehicle, optical character recognition (OCR) to recognize the numbers of containers, integrated bridge scales and radio frequency identification (RFID), which identifies the trucks that use the terminal. The driver's access to the terminal is controlled by biometric access control and Smiths Detection scanning portals that automatically inspect trucks, containers and other vehicles for explosives, drugs and weapons.
The Terminal uses a Truck Naming System (TAS) that allows cargo agents to pre-book appointments before entering the port. This is fully integrated with the terminal operating system (TOS) to provide automation of processes to drivers, eliminate congestion and maximize efficiency levels without compromising port security.