MPS installs cutting-edge simulator at Tema Port, Ghana

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Meridian Port Services (MPS) – a joint venture between Ghana Ports and Harbours, Africa Global Logistics and APM Terminals – has inaugurated a state-of-the-art equipment simulation facility at Tema Port in the southeast of the country.

This pioneering initiative, the first of its kind in Ghana, aims to significantly enhance productivity and safety in cargo handling operations by providing comprehensive, realistic training for operators and ultimately adding value to Tema Port Stakeholders. The cutting-edge simulator is among the most advanced globally and marks a significant milestone in MPS’s quest to establish itself as the ‘Hub of the Gulf of Guinea’.

The sophisticated equipment simulator addresses critical aspects of crane operations, focusing on safety and efficiency. 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 tyre gantry (eRTG) cranes for container yard operations, and reach stackers. Each module is meticulously 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. Trainees can experience a variety of weather conditions, equipment failures, malfunctions, and obstacles. 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, Mr. Mohamed Samara highlighted the significance of this investment, stating: “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.”

Mrs. Julia Acquah, Human Resource Manager, added that the new simulator embodies the apex of modern training technology, offering trainees a realistic and immersive experience. “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,” she said.

The Director of Tema Port, Mrs Sandra Opoku, recognised that the equipment simulator plays a crucial role in boosting the safe and efficient operations of a container terminal. She was particularly impressed with the fact that trainees can be evaluated and trained in a virtual environment, preparing them for potential emergencies without risking actual equipment damage.

“This sophisticated facility represents a substantial advancement for MPS as it continues to strive for excellence in port operations and training, reinforcing its commitment to becoming a premier hub in the Gulf of Guinea,” concluded Mr. Mohamed Samara.

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