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Mahama’s performance on maritime infrastructure

President Mahama’s Administration embarked on a program to expand facilities and address the increasing pressure on the country’s maritime infrastructure for the business community and our neighboring landlocked countries. The interventions undertaken include the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Services collaboration to expand the Tema Port to create several hectares of the port operational area including deep draft berths for vessels drawing 16 meters of water or more. The total investment was US$1.5 bn.

The first berth under this project was completed in 2016. In all, there is 4 berths of 1400 meters of quay length that has a container traffic capacity of almost 3 million Twenty-Footer Equivalent Units (TEUs). A 450 meters jetty was also constructed at the Tema Port to allow for the fast discharge of bulk cargo, in particular, cement and clinker.

Work was completed under phase one of the Takoradi Port Expansion Project involving the construction of 1.15 kilometers of breakwater into the sea. The second phase which involved further dredging and reclaiming of the sea to construct the lee side breakwater to create berthing facilities for direct landing and unloading of bauxite and manganese exports as well as clinker and limestone imports was completed.

Work was completed on an 800 Twenty-footer Equivalent Units Reefer Terminals to accommodate more freezer containers.

The Ghana Maritime Authority installed a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) to provide 24-hour electronic surveillance and monitoring of Ghana’s Coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Work was also completed on the development of the Takoradi Logistics Platform by the Ghana’s Shippers Authority to provide warehousing facilities for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Work started for the construction of a US$700 million Atuabo Free Port Project. The 2,000-acre port would have a fabrication yard, rig, and ship repair facilities, and logistics supply base. It is estimated to create over 5,000 jobs for the youth.

To improve transportation on the Volta Lake, three 50-seater high-speed passenger ferries were procured and delivered to Akosombo. In addition, a modular passenger/cargo ferry was completed and also delivered to Akosombo.

Anthony Obeng Afrane

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