MPS launches new safety simulator at Tema Port

MPS launches new safety simulator at Tema Port

Meridian Port Services (MPS), a joint venture between Ghana Ports and Harbours, Africa Global Logistics and APM Terminals (APMT), has inaugurated an equipment simulation facility at Tema Port.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Ghana, aiming to enhance productivity and safety in cargo handling operations by providing comprehensive training for operators and ultimately adding value to Tema Port Stakeholders.

The equipment simulator addresses critical aspects of crane operations, focusing on safety and efficiency, reported MPS. Custom-built to mirror the specific crane models and terminal environment of MPS’s Terminal 3 in Tema, the simulator suite includes ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for wharf operations, electric rubber-tyred gantry (eRTG) cranes for container yard operations, and reach stackers.

Each module is designed to emulate the actual equipment and conditions at Tema. Leveraging the latest technologies, the simulator creates an “almost-real” training environment using advanced physics and visual modelling.

A high-fidelity audio system provides stereoscopic surround sound effects, including motor noises, collisions, alarms, radio communications, wind, and environmental sounds. Additionally, the simulator features a high-fidelity motion platform, replicating the physical sensations experienced by crane operators.

CEO of MPS, Mohamed Samara stated: “The shareholders’ investment in this state-of-the-art simulator is dedicated to training operators of heavy container handling equipment.

“It aims to transfer critical knowledge, create job opportunities, and significantly boost the skills of operators within the Tema port enclave and enhance the service levels to our customers.”

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Julia Acquah, Human Resource Manager, added: “It replicates the complexities of crane operations under various conditions, including day, night, rain, fog, and handling all types of containers, even during technical difficulties.

“This setup allows operators to gain hands-on experience and master the specifics of container handling without the risks associated with real-world operations.”

Late last year, Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo, formally opened the second phase of the Tema Port Expansion Project.

More recently, Terminal 3 in the Port of Tema, Ghana, became Africa’s first port of call for the new Maersk FEW3 service, which connects all major West African ports to significant Asian ports.

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