Phase Two of the Tema Port Expansion Project (TPEP) in Ghana has been awarded to infrastructure company Aecom on behalf of the operator, Meridian Port Services (MPS).
The project is part of Ghana’s ambitious plan to become a mega-maritime hub in West Africa. It will treble the port’s current annual container capacity of about one million teu.
Once completed, the new container terminal will feature a 1.4 km-long quay housing four container berths, stacking yards, a 3.5 km rubble-mound breakwater, a 19 m-deep port access channel, and various supporting port infrastructure and services.
“The port successfully achieved operational ‘Go Live’ of the first two berths on 28 June 2019. The first commercial vessel successfully docked on 3 July 2019. The third berth is already under construction. The second phase includes project management services for the fourth berth marine and landside works, due for completion by December 2020,” said Darrin Green, managing director for civil infrastructure at Aecom.
Prior to the development of the new terminal, the maximum draft of the port was only 11.5 m, limiting the size of the container vessels calling.
Therefore, dredging played a crucial role in the new terminal construction. The general scope of works include dredging the inner basin area with bottom level of -16.9 m chart datum (CD) and bottom width varying from 250 m to 350 m; dredging the turning basin area with bottom level of -17.4 m CD; dredging the access channel area with bottom level varying from -18.2 to -19.0 m CD and bottom width 225 m; excavating the trench of the main breakwater; excavating the foundation trench of the caisson quay wall; and dredging sand from offshore sand banks to use as fill material between the quay and the shore.
MPS is a joint venture between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and Meridian Port Holdings. Bolloré Transport & Logistics and APM Terminals are the two main shareholders of the latter. MPS is executing the project as part of the GPHA master plan for the development of Tema Port.