Business News of Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Source: Simon Ahensah
Ghana Ports and Harbours authority (Takoradi) has had it 1st vessel call at the new bulk jetty.
With the completion of the first 200m of the proposed 800m bulk ore terminal, the facility has been opened to traffic to handle bulk mineral ore through the port.
So far two vessels, M.V Josco Fuzhou (197m) and MV IRIS OLDENDORF (200m) have called the port to load bauxite. M.V Josco Fuzhou sailed with a draft of 11.7m and MV. IRIS OLDENDORF will be sailing with a draft of 13.5m.
In an interview with our news team/ GN Media Mr. Peter Amoo- Bediako head of marketing and public relations officer marked the day as a history making day.
He noted that that since 1928 when the port commenced business, the 2 vessels are the largest vessels that have called the port in respect to size (LOA) and draft.
There has been a completion of 200m of proposed 800m bulk jetty with 8 bollards fixed and 7 fenders to allow more vessel calls.
MV. IRIS OLDENDOORF is to commence loading of 63,000mt of bauxite and sail with a draft 13.5m with the previous vessel loading 51,127mt of bauxite making a total load of 114,127mt compared to a maximum of 75,000mt of bauxite that would have been loaded using just the buoys in the old port.
He further stated that the new bulb jetty dredged -16m will add more increase benefits for cargoes like manganese, bauxite, clinker etc. to be imported and exported and allow bigger vessel calls. It has also improved the revenue stream of the port.
The expansion which began January 2014 although not completed has produced a lot of benefits in terms of revenue not only for the port but for the country.
Mr. Amoo- Bediako noted that Takoradi Port is believed to be the deep drafted port of -16m in the West Africa indicating that the port is available for more import and export especially for landlocked countries. He said by 2018 the bulb jetty will be fully completed which will increase the loading of cargoes.
Both master of the vessels. Capt. Shi Guowen (Josco Fuzhou) and Capt. Salvatore (IRIS OLDENDORF) expressed their satisfaction with the level of service provided by the marine operations outfit.