The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has announced the commencement of construction at the west African Port of Tema on October 11, 2016.
The $1.5billion expansion will see AECOM lead the construction, alongside the China Harbour Engineering Company, on behalf of Meridian Port Services (MPS).
The project will see dredging improve water depth to 19 metres in the port channel and 16 metres at berths, plus the addition of a new 1,400 metre quay, four berths and 4,000 metre breakwater.
These additions are expected to triple Tema’s container handling capacity by the time of completion in Q4 2019.
Ozgur Balaban, Project Director at AECOM said: “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,
“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.”
The project will further improve choice for shipping lines travelling down the west coast of Africa and comes after DP World encouraged similar plans for African port expansion.