MPS Port Expansion in Tema, Ghana 

Project information

Goal: Train the trainer, training on 42 (e)RTG and 24 STS operators 

Location: Ghana

Duration: 2019


Training & Education

MPS, a joint venture between GPHA (Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority) and Meridian Port Holdings Limited created an extension of the port of Tema. The latter is a joint venture between Bolloré Transport and Logistics (French) and APM Terminals (Danish).

Because of the demographic development in West Africa the volumes of container handling are expected to growing exponentially in the next decade.
Investments have been made in infrastructure, superstructure, technology and human resources to realize the needed port and terminal expansion.
Through these investments, MPS (Meridian Port Services) turned Tema Port into one of the most competitive ports in West and Central Africa.

Human capital development and capacity building is one of the key pillars of success in the ports and terminals sector.
Based on the expertise of its trainers, training programs and international references, STC International was given the task to select, assess, train and mentor the newly-recruited operators on eRTG (electric Rubber Tire Gantry cranes) and conventional STS (Ship-to-Shore) cranes. In preparation to the execution of the program, the internal trainers of MPS received a refresh didactical training. With a strong collaboration on the ground between MPS staff, STC trainers and the project manager, the training program was successfully implemented.


In total 42 eRTG operators and 24 STS crane operators were trained.
During the training programs a comprehensive set of skills was trained for effective and efficient working on the terminal. Without compromising on the health and safety issues involve, a high efficiency rate was created directly upon completion of the training program. This was achieved in collaboration with the local MPS trainers. In line with the objectives of MPS, a smooth implementation took place on the greenfield terminal. This resulted in a strong start of operations directly on the go-live moment.


Port and terminal development in combination with human resource development in the port of Tema made MPS the most efficient container terminal in Western Africa. Sound operations of the MPS terminal contributes to a short turnaround time of the ships and thus higher reliability of the ships on their trade routes. Building capacity is building the future.

  • Impact has been realized to the following UN SDGs (United Nations Strategic Development Goals):
  • SDG 04 – Quality education and training;
  • SDG 08 – Decent work and economic growth;
  • SDG 09 – Industry innovation and infrastructure.

What we have achieved