Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority News
Ghana Shippers Awards Slated For June 30
The Maiden edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards has been slated for 30th of June, 2017, at the MovenPick Ambassador hotel at 6pm.
The event which is being organised by Globe Productions Limited in collaboration with the Graphic Business seeks to recognize distinctions in the maritime field, and also to promote the interests of the industry both nationally and internationally.
Speaking in an interview with Eye on Port, Latif Abubakar, Events Director of Global Production Limited said the awards cut across road transportations, ocean carriers, air transportation, freight forwarding, shipping agents, express services, courier agencies, government agencies, insurance, financial institutions and more.
He said the awards would provide the  platform to recognize individuals and companies that play a significant role in the growth and development of the industry,  while recognizing the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.
The maiden of the Ghana Shippers awards promises to be very exciting particularly coming on the heels of the Vice president's call for all agencies, corporations and individuals to let their works at the Port yield total efficiency in doing business in Ghana.

Minister of Transport inaugurates GPHA board
The Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah has inaugurated and sworn-in a 11-member board of directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
Members of the Board include Paul Asare Ansah, Director General, GPHA, Edward Osei, Director of Tema Port, Capt. Ebenezer Afadzi, Director of Takoradi Port and Twumasi-Ankra Selby, Chief Director, Ministry of Transport.

Other members include Benonita Bismarck, CEO of Ghana Shippers Authority Nana Dr. Appiahagyei Dankawoso I, John Essel, Ghana Railway CEO, Hon. Eunice Jacqueline Buah, a Member of Council of State and Samuel Arhin, representing Staff Union of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

While Peter Mac Manu, the former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party and immediate past chairman of the NPP campaign team was appointed as the Chairman of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors.

The Minister of Transport charged the new board to play its role to ensure the timely intervention of the ongoing expansion projects at the ports of Tema and Takoradi to cater for the increasing volumes of cargo as well as handle bigger vessels.
The Transport Minister entreated the board to come up with policies that will improve doing business at the ports.
Peter Mac Manu, the Board Chairman of the GPHA Board of Directors on behalf of the Board said they will strive to initiate policies and programmes that will reduce turnaround time of vessels, speed-up cargo clearing and improve general efficiency at the Port.

Chamber Of Commerce Educate Members On Electronic Certificate Of Origin
The Tema branch of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce has educated the business community on how to process certificates of origin during its 3rd Bi-monthly Members’ Meeting for 2017.
This follows several concerns from exporters and freight forwarders with regards to the challenges they go through in processing their certificate of origin.
A certificate of origin is a document used in international trade which is completed by the exporter and certified by a recognized issuing body, attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.
Daniel Torgbor, Regional Head of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce said the chamber in collaboration with West Blue consulting is automating the certificate of origin on the Ghana National Single Window platform.
Hitherto, he said the exporters and freight forwarders would have to make payments at the banks, go to the chamber to buy the certificates before returning to their offices to enter their detail after which they come back to the chamber for signature and endorsement.
This process, Daniel Torgbor noted, was seen has cumbersome which leads to the loss of productive time.
“But the certificate of origin has now been made electronic, therefore, exporters can sit in the comfort of their offices and apply for it,” he said.
This particular move is seen to be in the right direction especially in the wake of calls by the Vice President for the Ports of Ghana to go paperless by September 1st.

Ghana Port and Harbours Authority Clamps Down On Illegal Port Facility Developers And Threatens Their Prosecution
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority led by its Director General Paul Asare Ansah is embarking on a severe clampdown on some individuals, corporations and private entities that are embarking on construction or development of smaller unauthorised port facilities along some coastal towns in the country.
In this vain, the Director General of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Paul Asare Ansah has constituted a team, which was led by the Port Security Manager, Lt. col. Nana Darkwa and comprising the Port Authority’s monitoring department, the Port Security, Ghana Navy, Ghana Marine Police, National Security, Bureau of National Investigations and journalists to investigate the practice of such entities constructing the illegal ports along the coast for the necessary ascertain the veracity of those reports.
The first point of call by the team was at Anyanui in the Keta Municipality of the Volta region.
Here, the team gathered that a fishing habour called Omanye Ocean Fishing Company was about to be constructed with the help the some Chinese nationals.
About 34 Chinese nationals had arrived at the site for the project. Again, 14 fishing vessels had also been brought from China for the project.
Equipment to be used for the project have also been brought in containers.
The project was said to belong to one Joe Onyame who resides in Tema.
A former Assembly member in the Keta Municipality who is involved in the project briefed the team.
He said the Chiefs and elders of the community including the Keta Municipal Assembly have given their blessings for the project.
The team proceeded to the Keta Municipal Assembly, where the Municipal Chief Executive Seth Yormewu said even though he is aware such a project is going on, he hasn’t been briefed because he was sworn into office not long ago.
The fact finding team also visited Tema New Town where an LPG storage facility is being constructed.
Construction was said to have commenced in May 2016 and expected to be completed December, 2017. It was also revealed that the facility will soon be receiving oil and gas vessels.
Already, 600meters of breakwaters had been constructed into the sea.
The former of the project said permits have been obtained from Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana National Fire Service, Tema Metropolitan Assembly and Ghana Maritime Authority.
He said they have applied for permit from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority but are yet to receive authorisation.
By virtue of the Ghana ports and harbours authority Act, PNDCL 160 of 1986, GPHA is the sole governmental authority authorised and mandated to plan, build, develop, manage, operate and control port facilities in the country.
Therefore any port, harbour, marina, jetty or berth development related activity that is, or is being, carried out without due process and the formal consent and approval of the GPHA as provided for under PNDCL 160 of 1986, constitutes an illegality and subject to sanctions or prosecutions and other consequences.

Ghana Shippers Authority Wades Into Missing Cranes

The Ghana Shippers Authority has waded into the controversial missing cranes contained in 12 40 ft. containers in the port of Tema.
It would be recalled that the Managing Director of Business Port, Abdul Fatai Rasak walked into the offices of Eye on Port to lament the seizure and subsequent allocation of his 3 set of cranes which were contained in 12 40ft containers by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

Speaking in an interview with, Eye on Port, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Sylvia Asana Owu described the incident as very unfortunate.
She said the Ghana Shippers Authority is interested in conducting an investigation to ascertain the veracity of the claims made by Abdul Rasak against the customs division of the GRA.

Asana Owu advised importers not to give up after their goods have been auctioned since they have the right to demand from customs how much the goods where sold for.
She added that Ghana Shippers Authority remains committed to resolving the challenges confronting shippers in the country.

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