INNOVATION

The new Meridian Port Services Terminal has been designed to run automated and semi-automated processes, which is achieved by the latest generation of technologies at the various stages of our terminal operations.

To facilitate and save valuable time for our customers a secure online portal has been made available, after initial registration freight forwarders, truck drivers and trucks, the customers use this online portal to make appointments through our “Truck Appointment System” (TAS) for their visit to the MPS Terminal at their convenience. Customers have access to a dashboard of their personal information and available containers.

The Truck Appointment System and online portal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and avoids waiting times compared to a manual process. The TAS communicates in real-time with our centralized and high-available Terminal Operating System (TOS) to retrieve and validate all data.

Once your appointment is confirmed, your registered truck and driver are welcomed at the MPS Terminal and allowed to enter based upon biometric fingerprint validation for the driver; and truck validation through a unique and tamper proof identification sticker on the windshield. Using this advanced technology in the early stage of your visit allows MPS Terminal and Tema Port to grant access only to those trucks and drivers who are used for the appointment.

This ensures that our visitors, staff, facility and your cargo are kept safe and terminal is therefore fully compliant with The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.

Besides checking the identity of the driver, this biometric validation will be used in parallel to confirm the validity of your appointment throughout the Truck Appointment System. 

Soon as the truck enters the MPS Terminal premises an automated workflow is initiated at the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) portal, where each truck is mandated to drive through for the third stage of verification of the appointment, which is the condition of the truck, either with a container or not. The Terminal Operating System will retrieve all the visit information (container number, IMO classification…). The automated portals are equipped with state of the art Optical Recognition Cameras to recognize:

  • IMO Hazard Codes
  • Number of Containers loaded
  • Presence of seals

All data is captured and verified in real time when the truck drives through the automated portals, without stopping, towards the Terminal gates. By the time the truck reaches the Terminal gates all data is processed and the truck is automatically identified through RFID at the gate portal truck approaches. The transaction is populated and a routing slip is printed at the portal, indicating which destination in the yard the truck is supposed to go, and is allowed to proceed to its final destination.

As the truck driver heads to the yard, the e-RTG operator will automatically receive a work order, through the Terminal Operating System, and on arrival, the truck will be served by the operator. Once the container is discharged off or loaded on the truck, driver can proceed to the out-gate OCR, where the truck condition for the appointment is also verified before proceeding to the terminal out-gates.

 

Click here to make an appointment https://tas.mps-gh.com/apex/cap.zul