Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority News

Management of Ghana’s Ports Authority have held its annual durbar to update staff of the organisation on the vision and plans for Ghana’s Ports. 
The Director General of GPHA, Paul Asare Ansah, first, congratulated the staff for the improved input from both the operational and administrative front over the past year. 
“Both the operational performance and financial performance were quite impressive”.
The Director General said, the Authority is working assiduously to meet its financial obligations to support massive developments and noted that in his regime, cost-cutting is a major priority. 
“With what is happening, I have no doubt, that we are capable of meeting our financial obligations. And, in fact, it also indicates that certain interventions with cost cutting and promotional effort being implemented are working,” he expressed. 

Paul Asare Ansah disclosed that, a part of his vision in 2018 is to improve the conditions of the staff of the Authority.
“Salaries are not the only way to ensure comfortable living for our staff. We are also set on a course of providing more comfortable accommodation for you,” he told the gathering.
He also hinted of some other major developmental projects aside the commencement of the a 3rd Port to be built at Keta in the Volta Region whose MOU has already been signed between GPHA and diamond Cement.
“The projects are also ongoing. Without doubt these projects are tapping a lot of our resources. But, we are committed to give our port a facelift,” he revealed.
The Port Authority Boss, stated that GPHA is poised to diversify its service portfolios to include a main container and oil and gas hub for the sub-region. 
CEO of the Tema Shipyard, Capt. Kwesi Micah, said the Dry dock has managed a record number of repair works since GPHA took over management in 2016.
“So, at the end of 2017, we had 34 ships worked on, which is a record, as far as the Shipyard production is concerned”.
The CEO of the International Maritime Hospital, Dr. Bernard Boateng-Duah, said, the hospital has begun operations and would soon be admitting patients.
“The imaging department which boasts of the only 3 tesla MRI in the whole of West Africa is working, together with all the CT Scans and X-rays are working,” he informed.
The General Manager of Tema Fishing Harbour who was acting in place of Director of Tema Port, Kumi Adjei Sam, reaffirmed management’s support for the Director General’s vision for the organization.
“GPHA is going through a transition. Over the next two or three years, there is going to be so many significant changes and I know that a lot of changes, a lot of developments, organisation and mobilisation is going on. And all of these would help us position our organisation for the future,” he added.
The senior and junior staff union executives also assured the management of their full support in achieving the best for the Authority after the staff shared their concerns and contributions with the management.



The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Berthing Meeting Association (BERMA), have held a continuing professional development training for its members. 
The training was aimed at seeking improvements in the cargo processes at the Ports of Ghana and the role of the paperless system.
The Tema Branch Chairman of CILT- Ziad Hamoui, underscored the need for members to copiously work hard in upgrading their skills to be abreast with modern trends in the industry.

The Monitoring Manager of Tema Port, Nii Nii-Koi Amasah outlined the important role played by the Ports and Shipping industry in World trade. 
A Principal IT officer from the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, Francis Marfo, said the cardinal principle behind the Vice President’s directive to introduce the paperless system is to reduce cost and make the port as efficient as possible. 

Revenue Officer, Samuel Kuma, who represented the Sector Commander of the Ghana Revenue Authority-Custom Division, took participants through the custom processes in clearing their consignments. 
Emmanuel Obeng Addo, from Meridian Port Services said MPS will infuse a lot of technology to make the new terminal the best and most efficient in the whole of Africa.
Representatives from GCNet and West Blue also assured members of their readiness to provide state-of-the-art technological services to make the Port user-friendly.


A 26- member delegation from the Kenyan Defense Staff College has visited the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority as part of a tour to Ghana, to learn about activities of the Port Authority and inspect port operational enclaves.
Welcoming the delegation, a Senior Marketing and Public Relations Officer of GPHA, Isaac Tawiah gave a brief history of Ghana’s Ports and where it wants to be in the future. 
He told the delegation about the huge investment the Authority is undertaking to expand the Tema Port to 3times its current size with an amount of $1.5 billion. The new expansion works, when completed, will have the capacity to take in more than 3.5 million TEUs, he explained.
Isaac Tawiah assured the delegation that, the security of the port is unmatched in the sub-region. He further averred that the Port has been awarded an ISO certificate which attests to the measures taken by the Authority to secure lives and properties.
Major Anthony Mpagaze, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, commended the Marketing Officer for his elaborate presentation and good efforts in briefing them about the Port and its activities. 
He also expressed his profound appreciation to the entire management of GPHA for the support extended to them.


The Ghana Shippers’ Authority has projected a positive trade outlook for Ghana’s maritime trade industry in 2018.
According to the Chief Executive of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Benonita Bismarck, cargo throughput is expected to grow by at least 10% in 2018.
She disclosed then when addressing journalists on developments in the Shipping industry in Ghana and globally regarding Ghana’s trade performance in 2017, some trade facilitation issues and prospects and outlooks for the industry in 2018 and beyond.
“The year 2018 would experience another growth in trade volumes especially for export. We should expect a growth in cargo throughput by at least 10% in 2018”, she stated.
Touching on demurrage, Benonita Bismarck said payments for demurrage at the Ports of Tema and Takoradi went down from $95 million in 2016 to $76 million at the end of last year.
This, according to her represents a 19.6 percent reduction over a projected 10 percent by the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) for the same period.
Describing the feat as gratifying, Chief Executive Officer of the GSA, Benonita Bismarck attributed the reduction to shipper education and sensitisation on need to avoid the payments of demurrage.
“It is gratifying to note that demurrage payments at the ports in Tema and Takoradi went down from $95 million in 2016 to $75 million in 2017”, she expressed.
On trade facilitation, the Shippers’ Authority boss lauded the paperless clearance system that has been introduced at the ports to reduce clearance time and secure government revenue.
“The customs clearance process was revolutionized by the paperless clearance system which was introduced in 2017,” she said.
The Shipping Quarter and Outlook was instituted by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) as an industry-wide platform for engaging the Media, and to provide timely, authentic and accurate information on the shipping industry to the public.


The management of Ave Maria Resort located in the Main Harbour, Tema has finally decommissioned and handed over the site to the Port Authority to pave way for the ongoing port expansion project.
The facility has since been demolished by the Meridian Port Services, the developers of the Tema Port Expansion project.
The decommissioning of the Resort was in compliance with the judgment of the Tema High Court on 11th September, 2017 to the effect that Ave Maria ends all business activities and vacate the premises within 30 days of the delivery of the judgment to pave way for the ongoing Tema Port expansion project.
After several months of back and forth with the Port Authority, Eye on Port can confirm that the management of Ave Maria Resort voluntarily handed over the site to GHPA at 18:50 hours on Wednesday, 13th March, 2018.
A visit to the site by Eye on Port revealed some earth moving equipment busily pulling down the structure to ground zero.

In January 2018, it emerged that the management of Ave Maria Resort whose location was derailing the progress of work on the Tema Port expansion project had been pleading for mercy from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on one hand and on the other hand misrepresenting the issues in respect of her vacation of the site in the public domain.
Available records indicate that Ave Maria Resort pleaded with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority to give them a grace period up to the 30th April, 2018 to vacate the property for the expansion works to continue.
This plea came after GPHA had insisted that Ave Maria respects the High Court judgment by handing over the site to be pulled down by the 26th January 2018, while the process for determining the compensation payable continue at the same High Court.

The Engineers, contractors and consultants have disclosed that leaving Ave Maria at its current location would have cost Ghana more than 10 times the current value of the facility, which therefore leaves the Port Authority with no option but to request for the decommissioning of the facility.

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