Plans are far Advanced in Expand Tema Port

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Jacob Kwabla Adorkor (Right) inspecting one of the sites where CCTV camera would be fixed. Looking is Mr. A. B. Bangura, a member of the an delegation and some workers of the construction firm

Jacob Kwabla Adorkor (Right) inspecting one of the sites where CCTV camera would be fixed. Looking is Mr. A. B. Bangura, a member of the an delegation and some workers of the construction firm

The acting Director of Port at the Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Jacob Kwabla Adorkor has told the media in Tema that plans are far advanced to expand the Tema Port to ease congestion.

According to him, contracts have already been awarded to contractors to pave way for the expansion of the port to make it the most preferred destination in the sub-region.

Addressing the media during a tour of the facility, the Acting Director noted that the expansion of the port had been on GPHA?s drawing board for a period of time.

He said that in 2010 GPHA?s administration decided to put the plans into action.

Continuing Mr. Adorkor explained that a portion of the sea would be reclaimed to aid with the expansion project.

He stated that the construction of a dock terminal, which is currently underway, is part of the expansion project.

The dock terminal, he explained, when completed would help ease congestion at the port.

An electronic system, he pointed out, is currently being constructed by GPHA to ease congestion.

?This system will help us avoid the usual over-crowding here at the port. Trucks will only come to the port if it is their turn,? the acting director remarked.

Concluding, Mr. Adorkor encouraged the media to always contact the GPHA over issues.

?When you do this you only help in putting the right information out there,? he noted.

Earlier in a presentation to the media team, Paul Asare Ansah, Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of the GPHA, stressing that an average of 840,000 containers are handled at the port at a time.

He stated that the figure is projected to reach 3,000,000 by the year 2028.

The expansion project, according to him, could not have started at a better time.

He said the expansion project will enable the port to handle the increase in containers.

He said GPHA was considering establishing a third port and added that its location was currently being assessed.

Touching on ECOWAS regulation on port management on Axle Load Policy, Mr. Ansah noted that the policy seeks to determine the level of cargo a truck could take out of the port.

He called for the enforcement of the rules to ensure that member countries abide by the policy.

Present at the meeting was Vandi Chidi Minah, Sierra Leone Minister for Transport and Aviation, who expressed excitement at the opportunity offered him and members of the delegation who were in the country on an official duty.

He noted that the challenges faced by GPHA are not different from those of other ports within the sub-region and called on other countries to conform to the ECOWAS rules.

He told the gathering that Sierra Leone sees Ghana as a partner and expressed the hope that his country would learn a lot from the country?s maritime industry.

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From Razak Mardorgyz Abubakar, Tema

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