The electronic port management system, according to management will ease the processes of doing business at the Port and drastically reduce the cost borne by people who do business with the Port.
The electronic systems is also expected to reduce all bottlenecks, eliminate corruption, extortion, pilfering and unethical practices which hitherto may have existed and denting the image of the port and Ghana at large and also denying the country of revenue for development.
One of such visible electronic facilities that have been introduced in the Port recently is the electronic gates that have been installed at all entry and exit points in the port.
The Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Port of Tema, Paul Asare Ansah, explained that the electronic gate systems ?consist of the turnstiles, and speedstiles, boom barriers and the optical character recognition cameras that have all been installed to ensure that management heighten security for cargo, vehicles, vessels and even human security in the port.?
These are part of measures aimed at making the port of Tema and Takoradi the first electronic ports in the entire West African Sub-Region.
Mr. Ansah said the electronic system will prevent situations where individuals start one transaction and hand it over to another person to continue.
?If you start a process you have to complete it yourself and it?s the aim of management to reduce complaints of negative practices in the port. This will also prevent past situations where people complain of pilfering and other negative activities. When you enter the port everybody will be monitored with close circuit television cameras to improve the level of security,? he added.
He observed that instances where one does not have access to the port but has legitimate business to transact in the port, the security officers will give the individual a special ID card to enable him or her transact business.?
On his part, Mr. David Boison, the IT Manager of Ghana Ports explained about 4000 agents have already been registered therefore with the electronic gate system one is able to know the number of people who are in the Port at any given time.
?This system is also implemented in order to de-congest the port as data base of all port users have been stored,? he said.
The IT manager stressed that the implementation of the e-gate system will allow the authority restrict access of vehicle to the port and ensure safety and security of cargo. ?With all these systems the issue of cargo diversion will be a thing of the past.
He added that the issue of stowaways will also be tackle with the electronic gate system since all persons who enter the Port are not supposed to stay there more than 24hours, it will be easier to fish out those swiped in and haven?t swiped with the help widely covered CCTV cameras.
?The 24hour surveillance has ensured that when someone should be in the port for more than 24 hours, security can be able to trace the person. It may either be because he or she is suffering from an accident or a medical condition or the problem of stow away?.
The Golden Jubilee Terminal is an inland clearance depot within the Tema Port which is a strategic place in the port where all imported goods are unstuffed from containers for their owners. Management believe with the installation of the turnstiles at GJT, concerns of pilfering and extortion that have been raised in the past will soon be a thing of the past.
Mr. Ansah advised the general public that the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority does not sell cars, hence, the need for the general public to be cautious of fraudulent individuals who lure unsuspecting victims into the Port to sell them cars in a very good conditions at cheaper prices.
?We take this opportunity to say that cars are not for sale at the Golden Jubilee Terminal so in the situation where you are told by someone to transact such business, you are going to be a victim of fraud?.