AECOM to oversee $1.5bn Tema Port Expansion Project in Ghana

5 October 2016
AECOM will oversee construction of the $1.5 billion Tema Port Expansion Project for Meridian Port Services (MPS), operator of the container terminal at Tema Port.
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AECOM will provide design and procurement management services prior to the award of construction contracts, after which it will supervise the construction of all of the port expansion facilities. The project commenced at the beginning of October 2016, with completion anticipated by Q4 2019.

MPS is a joint venture between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and Meridian Port Holdings, with Bolloré Transport & Logistics and APM Terminals as the two main shareholders.

MPS is executing the project as part of the GPHA masterplan for the development of Tema Port. The necessary funding for the project has been secured by MPS from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, as well as from shareholders.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is the marine contractor. The project will treble Tema Port’s current traffic of about one million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUS). It will allow Tema Port to accommodate some of the world’s largest container ships, and improve cargo-handling services and capacity. This will enhance the port’s competitiveness as a leading maritime hub in West Africa.

The expanded harbour will accommodate larger vessels thanks to a dredged 19-m-deep port access channel, a new 1.4-km-long quay for four container berths, with a 16 m draft, and a 4-km-long breakwater.

“AECOM is proud to manage this project on behalf MPS. Due to the size and complexity of the project, our team includes highly-experienced port project management professionals who have come to Tema from AECOM’s global organisation,” Project Director Ozgur Balaban explains. The Project Manager is David Hanly.

“These port specialists will work with our local Ghanaian specialists, who are well-qualified in project controls, contract administration, construction management and environmental management. We have a truly multinational staff, representing nine nations and five continents.”

AECOM plans, engineers and oversees construction for some of the largest port and marine facilities worldwide. Its planners, simulation and logistics specialists, engineers, architects and economists are at the forefront of port, shipping, logistics and cargo trends.

It works with a broad spectrum of clients, including public and private owners, as well as tenants of ports and marine terminals. Its range of maritime developments include container, liquid and dry bulk terminals, waterfront developments, cruise and ferry terminals, recreational marinas and military installations.

AECOM focuses on applying the right skills at the right time to deliver successful ports and marine projects around the world. Innovation is key when it comes to maritime projects. It has built its reputation on incorporating new technologies in ports projects around the world.

AECOM professionals have helped plan automated container terminals on five continents, and delivered the world’s first shore-to-ship power system for marine oil tankers. It integrates innovation into its plans, models and designs, delivering projects that serve its clients today and in the future.


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AECOM is a premier, fully-integrated professional and technical services firm. It designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. In Africa, AECOM has offices in over 40 countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With top-level professionals in multiple locations, AECOM understands Africa’s specific infrastructure needs, together with the inherent challenges of working on the continent. Its multi-disciplinary teams of award-winning engineers, planners, architects, environmental specialists, economists, scientists, consultants, cost, project and programme managers are committed to delivering projects that improve the quality of life of communities throughout Africa.

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