Takoradi port expansion dredging disrupts operation

Takoradi port expansion dredging disrupts operation 

 

The Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) has issued a circular advising that dredging works have commenced on new terminal facilities at Takoradi port.

As a result of the dredging activities, ships may experience delays in entering or leaving the port during March 2020.

The Takoradi port is in the western region of Ghana. It is located in the industrial district of Sekondi-Takoradi Ghana’s oldest harbour. The Takoradi harbour and the Tema Harbour are the only harbours in Ghana.

Ghana, in August 2019, started the construction work of the multi-purpose Atlantic Terminal Services on-dock facility at the Takoradi port, which will entail an investment of $475million.

The expansion of Takoradi port is part of the Ghana government’s strategy to establish Ghana as a trans-shipment hub in West Africa.

The project will be executed on the EPC basis by a joint venture (JV) of Ibistek, an ingenious Ghanaian company, and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). The Royal Haskoning DHV is offering technical consultation.

The first phase of the project was launched in Takoradi on 2 August 2019. The scope of the project includes construction of a 600m quay wall with pavement, while the port basin will be dredged to a 16m depth.

It will also include land reclamation to construct five new berths to enable the port to accommodate larger vessels. The first phase is expected to cost $200million and is slated to be completed in two years.

The Atlantic terminal, when completed, will have a cargo holding capacity of one million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).