President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday December 8, 2022 will commission a new dry bulk terminal at the Takoradi Port in the Western Region as part of aggressive strategy rollout by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to boost the country’s trade capacity.
The modern Dry Bulk Terminal is equipped with all the facilities to run efficiently and position the Port of Takoradi as one of the most competitive ports in the sub-region.
This new terminal has been designed to handle at least 30 million tons of cargo per annum compared to the previous ability to carry about 6.3 million tons per annum.
It also comes with over 110,000 square meters of pavement, over 3,000 meters of drains, 33-kiloVolts primary substation and electrical power systems, crane rails for the main loading and unloading equipment and a fully furnished operations office building with information technology (I.T.) which forms the backbone for the operations of the terminal among others.
This move is an overarching vision to make the Port of Takoradi a one-stop Port with the aim of making Ghana leading trade and logistics hubs in West Africa.
As part of the President’s visit to the oil city, he will also cut sod for the construction of an Oil and Gas Services Terminal that will leverage the growth of Ghana’s oil industry.
President Akufo-Addo will further break ground for the commencement of construction of a Floating Dry Dock facility for ship and rig maintenance and repairs.
All these Projects are being done in partnership with the Private Sector and it is expected to undoubtedly attract a lot of ship repair calls from across the region and in turn will increase Takoradi’s status as the oil and gas services hub of the sub region.
The Port of Takoradi, which was built in 1928 has been regarded by many as an export oriented Port. However, this is changing with the deliberate infrastructural transformation put forth by the GPHA.
By Vincent Kubi