The Port of Takoradi has received its first largest vessel since it was established in 1928.
This was made possible because of the ongoing construction of the bulk jetty. The Public Affairs and Marketing Manager of the Takoradi Port, Peter Armoo Bediako, said due the first 200 metres of the intended 800metres of the Bulk jetty constructed, the Takoradi Port has been able to berth 2 large vessels namely M.V. Josco Fuzhou which is 197metres and M.V. Iris Oldendorf which is 200 metres.
Prior to the port expansion project, vessels that come to the port could only load goods of 35000 tonnes but now vessels can take goods up to 150000 tonnes of good.
Peter Bediako said M.V. Iris Oldendorf is loading bauxite weighing 63,000metric tonnes heading to China;
He said the expansion project which began in November 2014 and expected to be completed by the end of 2018 will allow for more cargo to be loaded both for imports and exports.
“It will allow for bigger vessels to call the port, it will allow for more cargo to be loaded and that more import of bulk or clinker will be brought into the country, bauxite and manganese more could be loaded, quick lime more can be brought into the country, it will impact positively in our revenue stream not only for GPHA but also for Ghana as a whole, he said.
He said the project when completed will make the Takoradi Port the most deep drafted port in the sub region saying it will come with a conveyor belt system.