Konecranes Agrees West Africa Lift Truck Deal


Konecranes, a provider of smart port solutions, has announced that it will supply 11 of its lift truck units to Meridian Port Services (MPS), Ghana.

The deal, which was brokered by Konecranes’ West Africa distributor Paterson Simons, will see five empty container handlers, four reach stackers and two heavy-duty forklift trucks delivered to the port service company.

According to a statement, the new equipment will be put into operation at Terminal 3 of the new Tema Port Expansion.

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This new facility will be run by MPS, an infrastructure investment launched by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Bolloré Transport & Logistics, and APM Terminals.

Once completed, Tema Port will be able to accommodate the world’s largest containerships on its 1,400-metre quay, where it will operate four vessel berths and utilize Konecranes’ lift trucks to achieve high levels of performance.


The Tema Port expansion in Ghana, West Africa (Credit: Konecranes)


John Traynor, Managing Director for Paterson Simons, said: “Since the inception of MPS in 2007 and the initial supply of Konecranes reach stackers, forklift trucks and empty container handlers, Paterson Simons has maintained a proud association with the terminal and its crucial role in keeping Ghana’s trade flowing.

“The new acquisitions demonstrate continued trust in Konecranes’ products and service and we look forward to continuing to work with the new terminal as it expands to greater success.”

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All of the new units have been equipped with the TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring system, which is said to enable effective fleet management, enhance safety and improve predictive maintenance.

Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS, also commented: “MPS is determined to keep advancing terminal capacity in this important region of global trade.

“Our customers expect the very best equipment and service, and this investment reiterates our commitment to world-class terminal services.”

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