Tema Port Buildings, Ghana

Increasing Ghana's container throughput capacity at one of the busiest ports in the country

“The upgraded Tema Port has significantly increased the country’s container throughput capacity. Aurecon is proud to be involved in an exceptional port and marine project that will have a large impact on the country’s economy,” Faan Calitz, Aurecon Technical Director.

The historical Tema Harbour is located to the east of Ghana’s capital, Accra. Meridian Port Services (MPS) has operated Tema Port container terminal since 2002. It is the third-busiest port in West Africa but, with a water depth of only 12.5 m, it could only receive container ships with a capacity of up to 5 500 TEUs.

In 2015, MPS and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) signed a Deed of Amendment for the construction of the new point terminal that would strengthen port capacity in West Africa and represent a new stage in the development of intra-African logistics. The consortium includes France’s Bolloré Transport and Logistics (35%), APM Terminals (35%) – owned by the Denmark-based AP Moller Maersk Group – and the GPHA (30%). Up to USD 1.5 Billion is being invested in the new terminal to meet the needs of the growing Ghanaian economy and the sub-region.

Aurecon was appointed in 2017 by MPS to design and construct three buildings on site. Designed in conjunction with Stauch Vorster Architects, the buildings are used as an Operations building for MPS, an Authorities (GPHA) administration building and a state-of-the-art workshop.

Time constraints, limited material availability and the specific skills of contractors were the main project challenges, which had to be overcome using digital tools and close collaboration with contractors.

Instead of designing for specific building materials, the project team worked closely with client MPS and, subsequently, with the Awarded Contractor to determine which materials could readily be sourced, and based their designs on material availability and contractor skills. Modelling was done in Revit to fast-track the design process, integrate all the engineering into the buildings, coordinate services and minimise clashes during construction.

The new Tema Port facilities were opened on schedule and within budget in June 2019.

“The Tema Port Buildings project was a large, multidisciplinary effort. Knowledge of local building practices and digital engineering tools enabled us to deliver a world-class solution in record time,” says Faan Calitz, Aurecon Technical Director.

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