The Port Of Takoradi: A Bridge Serving the Economy of its Hinterland.
The Port of Takoradi, Ghana’s premier commercial Port, was opened in 1928 to facilitate Ghana’s international trade. It is strategically located 225km west of Accra the capital city of Ghana and 300km east of Abidjan the capital city of La Cote d’Ivoire. It is well connected to its hinterland which makes it the preferred and ideal gateway to the middle and northern parts of Ghana and the Sahelian landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali.
The port in 2012 handled 31% of Ghana’s seaborne traffic, 66% of national Exports and Handled 19% national Imports. Leading exports include Manganese, Bauxite, Forest Products and bulk and bagged Cocoa beans, mining equipment; whiles leading imports include Clinker, Wheat, Petroleum Products and Containerized cargo. In 2007, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities at Cape Three Points in the Western Region. Due to the proximity of the port to the Oil and Gas Fields, it is strategically located to support exploration and production activities at the Oil and Gas fields. Majority of the oil supply vessels call the port to load and discharge equipment, chemicals and other supplies that are stored in port sheds as well as private warehouses near the port. These vessel calls have contributed significantly to the increase in calls to the port.
The port is serviced by all the leading shipping lines and Clearing/ Forwarding companies. They include, Maersk Ghana Ltd, Inchcape, Bolore group, Zim lines, Hull Blyth, Safe marine, Super maritime Ghana Ltd, MSC Ghana Ltd, Panalpina Ghana Ltd, Maritime Agencies of West Africa, Macro shipping, Conship Ghana ltd, Inchape, Advanced Maritime and Transport Shipping, Baj Freight, GETMA and ISAG etc.
The port has a full range of equipment for all operations due to the complimentary services provided by other private stevedoring companies such as Speedline, Golden Gate, Atlantic Port Services, Advanced Stevedoring and Gemini who have the capacity to work vessels efficiently.