Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Authority has signed a concession agreement with Meridian Ports Services (MPS) to execute the Tema Port expansion project.
The expansion project, which will cost $1.5 billion, will enhance efficiency at the Tema Port and make it more competitive within the sub-region.
The project, which will be executed within three years, will include the construction of a new 3.85km breakwater within a dredged port access channel of 19m deep and 250m wide, a reclaimed land of 120 hectors and a new 1.4km quay walls for four container berths with 16m draft.
The new facility will have a railway terminal for the transport of containers to and from the port and other facilities such as workshops, offices, STS Cranes and RTGs.
The expansion project will also witness the upgrade of the Accra-Tema motorway into six lanes with slip roads.
The concession agreement is for a period of 35 years including the unexpired nine years of the existing agreement.
Dzifa Attivor, Minister for Transport, who was speaking at the signing ceremony, said Tema Port, after the completion of the project, will be able to handle post-panamax vessels.
‘It will therefore increase Ghana’s capacity in maritime trade to serve the sub-region including our landlocked countries in a more efficient and cost effective manner,’ she said.
Furthermore, the Minister said it will provide employment for over 3,000 people ranging from drivers, food and service vendors and labourers.
‘At the end of the concession term, the entire facilities will revert to GPHA as the owner,’ she noted.
Mrs. Attivor said, ‘The Tema Port expansion is one of the presidential projects to establish Ghana as a major transport and logistic hub for the West African sub-region.’
She therefore urged the board and management to ensure the timely execution of the project and encourage the partners- MPS to operate within the terms of the agreement.
Mohammed Samara, Chief Executive of Meridian Port Service, said the port will have an entrance channel and habour basin dredged to accommodate vessels with 16 meters draft and well equipped berths with total length of 1,400 meters, among others.
He said the project would create about several jobs that would contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation.
By Cephas Larbi
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