A newly-built bulk cargo jetty has become operational at the Tema port, Ghana, possessing the capacity to hold hour larger vessels at any given time. The jetty will prevent bulk cargo vessels having to stay on anchorage for long periods due to inadequate space.
The facility financed by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) cost US$132m and has increased the port’s vessel berthing capacity from 12 to 16. The GPHA hopes that this new handling space will attract larger vessels that will provide economies of scale for charterers, and ultimately increase the profitability of the port.
Director of the Port at the GPHA, Jacob Adorkor, told local news sources that with the expectation of increasing business, the new berths would increase cargo volumes and also enable the port to benefit from a more competitive advantage over other ports in the west African sub-region. Mr Adorkor also expressed the hope that the increased business would position Ghana’s ports as the appropriate trade route in the sub-region.