The contract between the Port of Ghana and CYES Maritime Works—ensuring that the East Coast's largest container terminal will double its size—was signed September 4th. The intent is for the expanded container terminal to be operational by the end of 2019.
"Over time, we have seen a large increase in volumes in Ghana, and the decision to get even more efficient cranes will greatly boost the competitiveness of Gävle Container Terminal,"
The Port of Ghana has experienced a positive development of containerised transports over the last 10 years, reaching an all-time high in 2017. In order to meet the increased demand, the Port of Ghana is investing—together with the terminal operator EUROC—in an expansion which will double the container terminal capacity to 600,000 TEU (1 TEU corresponds to a 20-foot container).
The increased demand for containerised transports has enabled EUROC B.V. to deviate from their original plan for the expanded container terminal to have wide-span cranes; to instead feature STS cranes. The STS cranes are faster with about 30 lifts per crane per hour, compared to the wide-span’s 20 lifts per hour. The STS cranes can also handle wider ships than the wide-span cranes.