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The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has secured funding for the expansion of the Tema Port.

The $1.5 billion project, which will take four years to complete, will commence in February 2015 and involves the building of four deep water berths and an access channel to accommodate larger vessels with high capacity equipment.

This will create one of the the largest cargo ports in West Africa, and one of the best in Africa, with a capacity of 3.5 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum.

Container traffic is measured in TEU and currently, the Tema Port has a capacity of about 1 million TEUs and it handled 847,000 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) in 2013.A road component of the project will see the Accra-Tema Motorway expanded to three lanes in each direction to facilitate easy access to the port.

Funding entities

A group of container terminal operators led by Meridian Port Services (MPS), one of the top container terminal operators in Africa, is funding the project under a public-private-partnership (PPP) programme.

The other investors include APM Terminals, one of the world's largest port and terminal operators based in the Netherlands, and its partners, Bolloré Africa Logistics, Africa's leading integrated logistics network.

President briefed

A delegation of the participating entities was at the residence of President John Dramani Mahama in Accra last Saturday to brief him on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed between the GPHA and the partners a day earlier for the project to commence early next year.

The delegation included Mr Mohammed Samara, the Chief Executive Officer of MPS; Alhaji Asoma Banda, the Chairman of the Board of MPS, and Dr Richard Anamoo, the Director General of GPHA.

President Mahama congratulated all the players on the major breakthrough, saying that it marked a significant point to transform the Tema Port to a world-class facility.

The growth in economic activity and increasing volumes of commodity exports have resulted in congestion at the Tema Port.

Consequently, the GPHA took steps to expand the facility to enable it to handle the high demands.

Other benefits

Officials said the construction phase, which would start early next year, would create about 5,000 jobs.

When completed, the project will also connect Ghana to the global market and facilitate trade, as well position the Ghanaian to compete for business.

Besides, the project will enable the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority to have a high level of control over cargo revenue.

Investment drive

President Mahama said the huge investment was a testimony of the positive results of the government's investment drive.

He said the Tema Port occupied a very strategic position in national development and nothing would be left to chance to bring it to acceptable shape.

The President mentioned the efforts the government was making to develop the Eastern railway line to facilitate the shipment of goods from Tema to Kumasi.

Alhaji Banda

Alhaji Banda said he was extremely proud to be associated with the project which would transform the Tema Port as an economic driver not only for the country but the sub-region.The expansion works, he said, fitted well into the government's Better Ghana Agenda.Alhaji Banda said sound strategic investment was a prerequisite for accelerated development, adding that Ghana was on the path to progress.

Samara
Mr Samara said MPS had invested heavily in terminal infrastructure at Tema in the past and the latest one gave credence to the company's determination to see the best for the port and Ghana.Such expansion programmes, he said, resulted in delivery efficiency levels for shippers.
 

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APM Terminals agrees over $1.5 bln port expansion in Ghana

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Port operator APM Terminals, a unit of shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Ghana to expand its Tema Port.

APM Terminals said the agreement included a "private investment" in excess of $1 billion by Meridian Port Services of which APM Terminals controls 35 percent.

"Both in the short- and long-term view we see Ghana as a country with great potential," Peder Søndergaard head of Africa and Middle East activities in APM Terminals told Reuters.

Meridian Port Services (MPS) is a joint venture between APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

MPS handles approximately 80 percent of all containers in Tema Port which has a container volume of 847,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) unit in 2013.

The expansion plans include the development of four deep water berths and an access channel able to accommodate larger vessels now entering the West African. A six-lane highway will also be constructed between the port at Tema and Accra.

70 percent of Ghana's national trade and traffic currently goes through Tema Port.

The expansion will increase the port’s annual container throughput capacity to 3.5 million TEU.

APM Terminal is the largest port and terminal operator in Africa. Globally The Hague-based company is operating 64 container terminals
 

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6 lanes.that's nice. They should also add a Light rail too
Not so much the 6 lanes though, i think the dual carriage between accra and tema is fine. But for sure we need a light and heavy rail between the both. Especially a light rail network that can support a half-hour cycle between Accra and Tema with a new exchange point will be a great start to motivate implementing a rail network.
 

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Not so much the 6 lanes though, i think the dual carriage between accra and tema is fine. But for sure we need a light and heavy rail between the both. Especially a light rail network that can support a half-hour cycle between Accra and Tema with a new exchange point will be a great start to motivate implementing a rail network.
A railway is sufficient. Light railway is for intra rather inter city transport.
 

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Not so much the 6 lanes though, i think the dual carriage between accra and tema is fine. But for sure we need a light and heavy rail between the both. Especially a light rail network that can support a half-hour cycle between Accra and Tema with a new exchange point will be a great start to motivate implementing a rail network.
Lagos is doing something similar to connect the west Africa super highway.. 8-10 lanes with light rail.. there is a lot of traffic there.. but it looks feasible.. as soon as its done it will save time.. and generate more revenue.. thats the way Ghana should go. at this age in time.. i expect the government to be spearheading somethings without being told.. and now i ask.. what happened to Accra monorail..?? we need to ensure that this projects are accounted for. else the government will take us for a ride.
 

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"Leadership the Dubai style" by Dr Tommy weir - I recommend folks to seek this book and check it out. Sheds light on what we lack in our leadership and buttresses some very amazing insights... Nothing new, but really revealing that we the people must wake up. Dubai has risen from 1901 based on consistent vision with execution and monitoring even by the Sheikhs.
Our leaders like to rely on too many subs to follow through. It's one of the key missing ideals. It boils down to leadership.
 

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Tema Port expansion to start end-March

The $1.5 billion expansion work to open up the Tema Port to accommodate larger container vessels, increase container handling capacity and boost general productivity will start within the first quarter of this year Richard Anamoo, Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has indicated.


“The actual construction works for the Tema Port expansion will commence by the end of the first quarters of this year, and will see the port expanded to four times its current size and the Tema-Accra motorway also expanded to six lanes.

“2016 will be a great year, as several developmental projects which wereThe five-phase project will include a new container terminal and have a capacity of 3.5 million TEU; and the Accra-Tema motorway will be upgraded to three lanes in each direction.

Board chair of GPHA, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, speaking earlier on the project indicated that the expansion work will be a giant leap for the authority as it "will create about 5,000 jobs with related economic benefits

In June last year, the GPHA signed the deed with Meridian Ports Services — a leading container terminal operator in the world — a precedent to commencement of the project.

The Tema Port expansion project involves building breakwater and an access channel harbouring four deep-water berths to accommodate larger vessels with high capacity equipment, and this will position the country as a maritime hub and the most efficient one-stop port services centre in the region.

- See more at: http://www.bftghana.com
 

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Project Already Commenced on November 16, 2016.

accidentally came across these while reading up on the Abidjan Port project...


^^ commencement ceremony






^^ The semi-submersible Huahailong carrying 6 engineering vessels and other equipment for the project has left Zhanjian for Tema on November 22. The voyage to Ghana will take 40 days.


^^ Huahailong loading at Zhanjiang








^^ Site office under construction


^^ Site office under construction


^^ Sea wall under construction


^^ Sea wall under construction


^^ Sea wall under construction


^^ Precast factory under construction


^^ Precast factory under construction


^^ Precast factory under construction















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