MPS Terminal 3
Chief Executive Officer of MPS Mohamed Samara stated “It has been identified by trade experts that one of the key factors for realizing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) vision is development of significant trade and transport infrastructure.
“MPS Terminal 3 is first among these infrastructures as our progressive service efficiency to shippers and consignees, as well as superb vessels’ productivity levels have resulted in direct vessel calls with deep-drafted vessels (avoiding hubs), hence shorter transit times.”
Meridian Port Service (MPS) reached a new level of container-handling productivity on vessels by surpassing the recent record of 112 moves/hour which was achieved on MSC ALTAIR that berthed at Terminal 3 on May 15, 2020.
The new vessel productivity record of 139.91 moves/hour on MSC Livorno is from first cargo movement to last movement, and operationally recognized as 145.86 moves/hour after adjusting the permissible deductible times. This has so far been identified as the All-Time Record for Tema Port, and is certainly by far the best on the West African Coastline.
MSC Livorno is a German flagged vessel and is among a fleet of Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) deployed on the MSC Africa Express (AFEX) weekly service into Ghana. Her capacity is 14,000 TEUs and Gross Tonnage of 153,115. Her length overall (LOA) is 366 metres and she is 51 meters wide.
With MPS Terminal 3 establishing itself as an efficient and effective transshipment hub providing connectivity between the seaports of Africa and land-linked countries and markets, Ghana will be at the forefront for Africa in reducing existing intra-continental trade barriers. This will boost economic development and fit the continent to harness all the diversified economic benefits inherent in the AfCFTA.
He described the recent record-breaking accomplishment as a stellar performance by the operations team. “We are proud to achieve this milestone with no incidents or accidents, respecting all safety protocols, and for creating a worthy safety culture that safeguards all workers and company assets.
“On behalf of the shareholders, board and management of MPS, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire MPS team, especially the operations management, supervisors, planners, equipment & crane operators, truck drivers and all the support team that worked on the vessel,” said Mr. Samara.