Takoradi Port signs JV with investor to improve handling of containers
Dec 26, 2016: The Takoradi Port has signed a joint venture agreement with a private investor, Ibistek Crowley, for the construction of an off-dock container terminal with a capacity of 7,500TU to improve the handling of containers at the port.
The terminal, located at the Old Prime Wood Site in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, would create sufficient space within the precincts of the port for other activities that would generate revenue.
Captain Ebenezer Afadzi, the Director of the Port, said this at a press soiree in Takoradi on Friday to take stock of its activities and fraternize with the media.
He said 97,000 square metres of land had been reclaimed for the terminal adding that it would construct a floating dock to enable ships and supply vessels that berthed at the port to repair any fault they may encounter.
Capt. Afadzi said the port was partnering Ghana Cement Manufacturing Company to construct a spacious car park at the Old Slaughter House at New Takoradi to ease traffic congestion.
He said the port had completed a 1.08 kilometre breakwater with a 16 metre depth that would enable larger vessels from the West African Sub-region to berth without any difficulty, thus achieving its vision of becoming a one-stop -shop for oil and gas services.
Capt. Afadzi said the ongoing expansion works would enable a single large vessel to load 120,000 metric tonnes of cargo at a time as against 40,000 handled by a vessel in the past.
He said the completion of the port expansion works would improve the turnaround time and eliminate double handling of cargo and drastically reduce the cost of doing business at the facility.
It would also create employment for the youth in the metropolis, accommodate larger vessels and become the preferred destination for shipping companies in the West African sub-region.
Capt. Afadzi said the port was collaborating with the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) to construct an oil tank farm with a 13,500 litre capacity for marine diesel oil so that vessels that berthed at the port could refill their tanks.