New port and container terminal, Ghana

We were appointed as the project management consultant for the development of a new harbour and container terminal in Tema, Ghana. 

Located approximately 30 kilometers from Ghana’s capital city of Accra, Tema is home to around 70 per cent of Ghana’s major container and port handling traffic. Our client’s strategic vision was to expand port facilities to accept the largest container vessels operating on global trade routes. 

With the addition of the third container terminal, the port has quadrupled the capacity of the vessels it can accommodate, increasing to a capacity of 22,000 TEU ships from the 5,000 TEU ships of the original port, enabling the port of Tema to become the transshipment hub of West Africa. 

The development will leave a legacy. It is providing substantial economic benefits for Ghana via enhanced trade opportunities, increased revenues to the state through taxes, levies and fees and job creation (during construction and operation). With over 90 per cent of the 4000 people working on the project being Ghanaians, the scheme has also enabled upskilling of the local workforce, via exposure to international construction standards and HSE systems.   

Hamad Port, Qatar 

AECOM was appointed by the Government of Qatar to provide programme management, design review, procurement, and construction management services for Hamad Port. The oil and gas trade are the backbone of Qatar’s economy and given its proximity to the Persian Gulf, having a modern port was vital for the nation’s economic development, but the existing port was reaching throughput capacity.  

The new port will act as a catalyst for the country’s trading industry, better positioning Qatar to benefit from the expected regional growth in container and vehicle carrier traffic as well as general cargo traffic. It will provide a world-class facility and will be constructed at an entirely new inland site occupying 20 square kilometres of undeveloped land. 

We began our work at Hamad Port by overseeing the masterplanning and design development efforts. We’ve since managed the procurement and award of nearly 90 different contracts including 12 major construction contracts and a number of equipment packages, such as ship-to-shore cranes and rubber tyred gantry cranes. 

Tanger Med 2, Morocco 

APMT appointed AECOM to prepare the concept and detailed design and tender packages for the new container terminal facility at Tanger Med Port, Morocco. 

Our client’s objective was to make the terminal highly automated and for it to become a first-class terminal. Our design facilitated high port productivity and quick turnaround of vessels and trucks, using innovative but proven technologies, such as the use of Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) and Automated Straddle Carriers in the container yard and transfer areas. 

We also designed the terminal to be sustainable, keeping pollution as low as possible by using a combination of electric and hybrid port equipment. The annual capacity of the container terminal after Phases 1A and 1B is now 3.3m TEU, increasing to 5.6m TEU following completion of Phases 2 and 3.  The project was awarded the ‘Award of Merit for Airport/Port’ by Engineering News-Record (ENR) in 2019. 

Jazan Economic City – port and infrastructure, Saudi Arabia 

 Our Glasgow based Ports team successfully carried out the masterplan, Front End Engineering Design (FEED), detailed design and preparation of contract tender documents for Jazan Economic City (JEC) Port and Infrastructure Project.    

This port will provide facilities for liquid bulk loads, containerised loads and dry bulk loads and will accommodate large and modern vessels in a modern port environment. It will allow access to the city and surrounding areas by the Jeddah-Jazan Expressway and a new railway link which will connect other regions and cities to the new port. 

In addition to design of the port’s principal work elements, we also developed an artificial island in the Red Sea, using dredged infill material (from the 10km ports access channel), to provide additional port land. 

Victoria International Container Terminal, Australia  

We were awarded the engineering design works (including geotechnical investigations and construction phase services) for a new container terminal in the Port of Melbourne, Australia.  

The Webb Dock East development is Australia’s first fully automated terminal with an extra capacity of 1 million+ TEUs and is one of the most advanced terminals in the world. It’s won several awards including an Australian Engineering Excellence Award in recognition as one of the industry’s most innovative and outstanding projects. 

Our global and local ports teams challenged conventional practices, methods, and materials during design development to determine the best balance of Capital and Operational expenditure for the project.  

The team delivered ahead of schedule, with the overall project being delivered eight months ahead of schedule. we also saved an estimated $5 million-$8 million through design and project optimisation, and worked closely with the client to ensure we achieved expectations and contract deliverables.