Smiths Detection has won a contract with Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) to provide cargo inspection technology for the major Tema Port Expansion project in Ghana – designed to accommodate the world’s largest container ships, improve cargo handling productivity and increase trade to both Ghana and the rest of Africa.
Four Smiths Detection HCVPZ60 scanning portals were selected to deliver the Ghanaian authorities border security. With trade anticipated to grow in Ghana in the coming years, these portals have been selected in part because of their ability to facilitate fast and effective security processing of a high volume of container traffic.
The HCVPZ60 is designed to penetrate 9-11.8 inches of steel whilst maintaining a throughput of up to 100 trucks per hour. Smiths Detection’s screening technology, iCMORE will also be deployed, to expose containers falsely declared as empty.
The port expansions is a USD$ 1.5 billion investment, allowing Ghana to position itself as a as a trade and investment gateway to the West African sub-region. The development is being managed by MPS, a joint venture between the Ghana Port Authority, APM Terminals and Bolloré Ports.
Installations will be completed and be ready for the opening of the port’s first development phase at the end of June 2019.