Global logistic provider Van den Bosch and Multi-Purpose Terminals Ghana (MTG) have opened a tank cleaning station in the Port of Tema, the companies announced on 3 November.

“A growing number of companies choose to ship their liquids to Africa as bulk freight instead of small packaging”, says Paul van de Vorle, member of the team of directors at Van den Bosch. “With the start of the tank cleaning station, we are able to link inbound and outbound cargo flows more easily and to support companies in making the switch to bulk transport. This will provide many advantages in terms of handling, heating and savings in packaging costs.”

Van de Vorle said the cleaning station was built according to Western European quality standards and was the first of its kind in West Africa.

“Tank containers cannot be cleaned professionally anywhere else in West Africa yet. Through this cleaning station, it is now possible to have tank containers cleaned in Ghana, which leads to new possibilities for shipping and transport companies. The cleaning station will create a better balance between inbound and outbound cargo flows and reduces the number of empty transport movements.”

The cleaning station is operated by MTG, a subsidiary of logistic services provider Portside, which acts as Van den Bosch’s agent in the Ghanaian market. MTG provides a range of terminal services from the Port of Tema, including bulk handling and storage of goods, reefer container storage and logistics advice.

Last year, Van den Bosch announced it was expanding its activities in Africa and the Middle East (see Transport News, OFI November/December 2015).

The Dutch group specialises in the transport of liquid and dry bulk for the food and chemical industries and acts as a bulk supply chain partner for major edible oil refiners such as IOI, Cargill, Olenex and Sime Darby in delivering vegetable fats.

“The African continent offers many opportunities in loading edible oils and fats,” van de Vorle had told OFI. “The tank cleaning facility in Tema offers our customers the chance to load products like cocoa or shea butter in bulk from origin. This optimises the supply chain because no manual handling is necessary to heat and unload the product at the unloading location.”