The Tema Port Expansion Project is preparing for the arrival of 27 cranes valued at $82 million. This follows a purchase agreement signed in August 2017 between Meridian Ports Services (MPS) on one part and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) on the other to construct a fleet of new cranes for the ongoing Port Expansion project.
During this month, August 2018, all cranes have been structurally erected and being fitted with the hardware mechanisms and the associated technology components including the software that control all the drives such as hoisting gear, gantry, trolley gear etc.
CEO of Meridian Ports Services Ltd, Mohamed Samara expressed delight at the pace of work done on the cranes. He was optimistic about how the New Port Facility will help achieve a far-reaching boost in the economy of the nation as sea trade volumes increase. “With the rise in terminal capacity due to the efficiency of these cranes, there is bound to be a ripple effect on development in all areas of the economy. This is an investment for the growth our nation”
Recorded as the largest fleet ever acquired by West Africa in the Port Industry, the cranes are of superior quality and the highest technology. It includes 7 STS (Ship-To-Shore gantry cranes) and 20 eRTGs. The STS cranes are Super Post Panamax with 65 meter outreach capable of handling containers on board vessels up to 23 rows and 10 on deck while the eRTGs (Electric Rubber Tyre Gantries) are capable of stacking containers 7 wide and 1 over 5 high in the container yards. The cranes are also designed in an ergonomically friendly manner to make work comfortable for operators.
The first batch of 4 STS and 8 eRTG’s are due to depart the production site at the end of October with an expected arrival date, at the Tema Port Expansion Project in late December 2018. They are expected to be installed at the new facility and be fully operational in June 2019 when the new port goes live.