On the last day of the year, 31st December 2021, the MPS OPS Team broke the best productivity record with 148.83mph from the previous 139.91mph on MSC LIVORNO. The new vessel productivity record was achieved with Crane Density 5.5 and average crane productivity over 27mph.
With this Meridian Port Service Ltd (MPS) reached a new level of container handling efficiency on such class of vessels which is the fruition of the shareholders’ investment in the Tema Port expansion project building a new infrastructure including larger and deeper harbour basin geared with the most modern gantry cranes and cutting-edge technologies coupled with continuous training and human resources development.
Again, the new MPS Terminal 3 facility and the progressively digitalised service efficiency to shippers and consignees as well as superb vessel productivity levels has resulted in direct vessel calls with larger deep drafted vessels (avoiding hubs) hence shorter transit times thus increasing import and export capacity and potentials to surrounding countries.
The total container throughput handled on/off the MSC IVANA was 3,233 TEUs preformed with 2,423 crane moves being 1,058 discharge moves and 1,365 load-out moves out of which 434 moves was to other ports which is creating the connectivity that MPS is nurturing.
The MSC IVANA is deployed on the Africa Express Service which is a direct port call at Tema, Ghana. The AFEX Service covers the following range of ports: Xingang – Busan – Gwangyang – Ningbo – Shanghai – Nansha – Shekou – Singapore – Colombo – Lomé – Tema – Durban – Port Louis – Colombo – Singapore – Xingang.
MSC AFEX direct service is not only offering fast transit times and reliability in the West African region but is also creating new business opportunities for clients between Far East, Oceania, Middle East, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ghana.
The CEO of MPS, Mr. Mohamed Samara, remarked “It has been acknowledged by trade experts that one of the key factors for the realization of the vision of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), is the development of significant trade and transport infrastructure. MPS Terminal 3 is first amongst these infrastructures.”
With MPS Terminal 3 positing itself as an effective transhipment hub providing connectivity between the seaports of Africa and the hinterland markets. Ghana through this will be in the lead in Africa for reducing to the barest minimum existing intra-continental trade connectivity barriers. This will boost economic development and fit the continent to harness all the diversified economic benefits inherent in the AfCFTA.