Tema Port to start RFID tag inspection for trucks next week

Trucks parked at Tema port

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Tema Port To Start RFID Tag Inspection For Trucks Next Week

Trucks operating in the Port of Tema would from the second week of February be required to be verified, registered, and issued with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags before accessing the various terminal gates within the port.

The RFID tags, which falls under the Truck and Trailer Identification and Inspection Policy, would be implemented by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), and its technical partners, Auto Consult Ventures Limited (ACVL).

Mr Baffour Adjei Mensah, Director of Operations at ACVL, engaging the media explained that the policy was to address safety and security concerns by the Port Authority.

Mr Mensah revealed that over 20,000 trucks were expected to be registered for the truck identification programme, adding that 2,630 trucks had already been registered.

He explained that both the head and the trailer of a truck would be given identification codes, “so, if today, you are going to enter the port with a flatbed trailer, and tomorrow you enter with a bucket trailer, with this information system, all that would be provided to the port.”

He said trailers could be decoupled and coupled with any other truck depending on what type of cargo it was going to carry, therefore, they would be treated separately. However, they would be treated as one as and when they enter the port.

He said the policy would not threaten the businesses of truckers and transporters. According to him, the system had rather been designed to encourage regular and appropriate maintenance of trucks to drastically reduce incidents of trucks breakdown in and around the port environs. This, he said, would also help improve turnaround time in the Tema Port.

“We have all seen numerous times where containers have split off their trailers in the port and that is often because the securing components are not functioning well.

“We have also witnessed situations where trailers, while exiting the eastern gate and ascending the GHACEM road, decouple from the truck heads. All these cause accidents. When these happen, they do not only affect the said cargo, but everybody operating in the port,” he stated.

“We have all seen numerous times where containers have split off their trailers in the port and that is often because the securing components are not functioning well.

“We have also witnessed situations where trailers, while exiting the eastern gate and ascending the GHACEM road, decouple from the truck heads. All these cause accidents. When these happen, they do not only affect the said cargo, but everybody operating in the port,” he stated.

Source: GNA
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DG OF GPHA SPURS PMAWCA ON TO HIGHER FEATS

The Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael Luguje, has called on management of the various ports in West and Central Africa to strengthen bilateral relations with member ports towards injecting increased efficiency and sustainability in their operations.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the 41st Council Meeting and 16th Roundtable Conference of Managing Directors of the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), Michael Luguje, who is also the President of the Association urged member ports to work together towards implementing the key recommendations that emerged from the meeting.

He said, “I need to urge all member ports that recommendations relevant to your various ports are implemented. In the process of implementing them, if you need support in any form through technical assistance or bilateral advisory from other member ports, feel free to route that request through the secretariat.”

The GPHA Boss also assured of the support of his office and Ghana’s Port Authority to the secretariat.

Michael Luguje praised the PMAWCA for maintaining its place as the best ports association in Africa and spurred members on to do even better.

The President of the Association said, “essentially each and every one of us must be at the same level of standards and quality of service in order to provide the best quality of port services to our trade.”

He also solicited for support for the PMAWCA Professional Training Centre in Cotonou.

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Tema Port to start RFID tag inspection for trucks next week

Trucks operating in the Port of Tema would from the second week of February be required to be verified, registered, and issued with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags before accessing the various terminal gates within the port.

The RFID tags, which falls under the Truck and Trailer Identification and Inspection Policy, would be implemented by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), and its technical partners, Auto Consult Ventures Limited (ACVL).

Mr Baffour Adjei Mensah, Director of Operations at ACVL, engaging the media explained that the policy was to address safety and security concerns by the Port Authority.

He explained that both the head and the trailer of a truck would be given identification codes, “so, if today, you are going to enter the port with a flatbed trailer, and tomorrow you enter with a bucket trailer, with this information system, all that would be provided to the port.”

He said trailers could be decoupled and coupled with any other truck depending on what type of cargo it was going to carry, therefore, they would be treated separately. However, they would be treated as one as and when they enter the port.

He said the policy would not threaten the businesses of truckers and transporters. According to him, the system had rather been designed to encourage regular and appropriate maintenance of trucks to drastically reduce incidents of trucks breakdown in and around the port environs. This, he said, would also help improve turnaround time in the Tema Port.

“We have all seen numerous times where containers have split off their trailers in the port and that is often because the securing components are not functioning well.

“We have also witnessed situations where trailers, while exiting the eastern gate and ascending the GHACEM road, decouple from the truck heads. All these cause accidents. When these happen, they do not only affect the said cargo, but everybody operating in the port,” he stated.

Mr Mensah said all defects detected on a truck during inspection for the port road worthiness would be put on a report and given to the transporter, noting that they would then be given enough time to operate while they fix the defect.

“It does not mean when we find a defect today, instantly we do not give you access – you are given enough time. Unless the defect we find is so massive that it cannot carry cargo,” he added. -GNA

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GPHA to certify trucks, trailers operating at Tema harbour

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) is to introduce a verification and certification system of the 11,289 registered vehicles operating in the Tema Port.

Trailers, transit trucks and other trucks would go through a series of checks to verify their load worthiness before certified to load from the Port.

Madam Juana Adda, Tema Port Marketing and Public Relations Manager, told the media that load worthiness would be done in addition to the road worthy checks.

Madam Adda explained that while the DVLA would continue to do its mandatory road worthiness checks, Auto Consult Ventures Limited which is partnering the GPHA on the project, would check the load worthiness of vehicles.

She stated that the need to verify and certify the vehicles was part of measures to prevent the needless accidents some of the vehicles cause in town.

She said a survey conducted by the Auto Consult Ventures Limited showed that whereas some use undersize tyres, others have worn out tyres, faulty twist locks which could not properly secure containers, wrong welding works among others.

The Marketing and PR Manager disclosed that the GPHA was aware that some drivers use good trailers for roadworthy checks after which they decouple the head from the certified trailer and attach it to others which are faulty to load cargo from the port.

To check this, she said an embossment which would contain some security features would be put on the certified trailers and the information verified by the security systems at the Port before loading pass would be allowed.

The checking and certification would be carried out twice in a year at a fee at the ECL DVLA approved yard near Tema Community 25.

Madam Adda gave the assurance that the certification would be carried out on 20 vehicles each day to avoid long queues.

According to her, vehicles would be allowed to carry loads from the port along side the certification until all the 11,289 registered vehicles operating in the Tema Port have had their embossment.

She stressed that after that period, no vehicle without the load worthy certification would be allowed to load from the Port.

Madam Adda said extensive engagement has been done with all stakeholders including the DVLA, truck and trailer owners, among others since 2015 to ensure a smooth take off of the certification programme later in the year.

– GNA
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