The Port Of Takoradi: A Bridge Serving the Economy of its Hinterland.


Takoradi Port, Ghana’s premiere port was commissioned for business in 1928 to facilitate Ghana’s international trade. The port is strategically located on latitude 4°532’north, 1°345’west and is 230km east side of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The strategic location of the port makes it a very cost effective route to and from Europe, America and Asia. It is positioned to service the northern hinterland of Ghana and the international trade of the three Sahelian landlocked economies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.  In 2015, the port handled 27% of Ghana’s seaborne traffic, 68% of Ghana’s seaborne exports and 15% of Ghana’s seaborne imports. Major commodities handled through the port are manganese, bauxite, clinker, wheat, bulk and bagged cocoa, quicklime, contanerised cargoes, equipment for the mining and oil/gas industry. 

Traffic through the port is facilitated by leading shipping lines like Maersk, Safemarine, the Bollore Group, Delmas, Super Maritime, Hull Blyth, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Panalpina, Inchcape, Macro Shipping limited, MSC, Conship (Consolidated Shipping Agency). The port’s wide range of equipment stock with the support of the private sector offers wide range of services to facilitate the efficient and cost effective delivery of client.

Although the smaller of the two ports, Takoradi port since the discovery of oil/gas in commercial quantities in 2007 about 45 nautical miles from the port, has contributed significantly to Ghana’s economy as it has and continues to be the main strategic logistics support base for the offshore exploration and production of oil/gas in Ghana. Indeed, vessels calls have increased from 600 annually pre oil discovery to 1525 calls in 2015 with oil supply vessels calls increasing from 11% in 2007 to 61% in 2015.


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