Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority News
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GPHA VISITS IMPENDING KETA PORT PROJECT, INTERACT WITH PARTNERS, MUNICIPAL AND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES TO STRENGTHEN TIES
The Board of Directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, have visited the project site earmarked for the construction of the Keta Port.
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority had signed a memorandum of understanding with a private investor, Diamond Cement Ghana Limited for the construction of the Keta Port, located in the Keta Municipality of the Volta region.
Led by the Board Chairman of GPHA, Peter Mac Manu, and accompanied by a team of Engineers from Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the Board first visited the Keta Municipality where they engaged with the Municipal Chief Executive, a member of the council of state and officials of Diamond Cement.
Peter Mac Manu intimated that the project needed the collaboration of all relevant stakeholders to ensure that it comes into fruition. 
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Keta Municipal Assembly, Seth Yormewu indicated that the project when completed will create jobs for the youth in the area and pledged the support of the assembly.
The General Manager for Diamond Cement, said the facility would help in the transportation of their clinker for production of cement.
A member of Council of State who also hails from the Keta Municipality, Albert Seth Francis Nyonyo, expressed his excitement over the project and expressed optimism that the project will receive the best support to ensure its successful establishment.
The Board members and members of the Keta Municipal Assembly then proceeded to the site where the Keta Port is proposed to be located to have a first-hand impression of the project site.
The proposed Keta Port is expected to be built around the Volta Lake in the town of Kedzi in the Keta municipality.
The Board members and the entourage continued to call on the Awomefia of the Anlo State who is the Overlord of the Anlo Traditional Area, Togbui Sri III, who pledged his unflinching support for the project and expressed huge relief as he anticipates the project will elevate the current status of the Anlo Traditional Area.
The final place of visit by the Board members and the entourage was the Palace of Togbui Acolatse III, the Dufia of Kedzi who is the traditional leader of the town where the project is expected to be located.
Here, prayers were said by the Traditional Authorities to commit the project into the hands of God
The Board Chairman of GPHA, Peter Mac-Manu thanked the people of Keta for the immense support given the project and expressed optimism that very soon the President of the Republic will append his signature to the executive instrument for the project to take off.











DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF GPHA PAYS COURTESY CALLS ON TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES AROUND THE PORT ENCLAVE
In addition to familiarizing with stakeholder agencies, the Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael Luguje has paid courtesy calls on some Chiefs and Traditional leaders within the Port enclave to strengthen ties between the Port Authority and the traditional leaders.
At Kpone, where the Port authority is constructing a devanning terminal called the Unity Terminal, the GPHA team was received by the Paramount Chief of the Kpone Traditional area, Nii Tetteh Otu who assured the team of the safety of the people in the community as well as the users of the new facility yet to be completed.
On his part, Michael Luguje, the GPHA Boss said he will welcome ideas that are of mutual interest to the Kpone community and the Port Authority.
At Nungua, the delegation was received by King Prof. Odaifio Welenchi III and his elders.
Michael Luguje noted that, it is very necessary for the Port Authority to keep constant contact with the traditional council.

The GPHA team continued to the Chief of Tema, Nii Adjei Kraku II where the Acting Director-General recognized the immense contribution of the Tema Traditional area as a significant stakeholder to the Port.
Michael Luguje expressed the Port Authority’s relentless desire to support the community as well.








DG OF GPHA ENGAGES STAKEHOLDER AGENCIES AS PART OF HIS FAMILIARIZATION TOUR DUTY CALL
The acting Director General of GPHA, Michael Luguje made this known during a visit to the Ghana Shippers Authority. 
Michael Luguje also assured that he is committed to working assiduously to improve export business in the country through productive initiatives.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Benonita Bismarck pledge their support for the Authority to improve services rendered to shippers. 
The Director General of GPHA had earlier called on the counterpart the Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority which also a key stakeholder in ensuring security on Ghana’s waters.
The GMA Boss said his outfit will continue to police Ghana’s waters to provide a safer environment for vessels that call the Ports.
The DG of GPHA, Michael Luguje promised to collaborate with the Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Navy to improve maritime security and particularly clamp down on the construction of illegal port facilities.
The Director-General and his team also visited the Tema Metropolitan Assembly where its Chief Executive, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La pledged to cooperate with the Port Authority to improve port business.



TEMA PORT COLLABORATES WITH UNITED STATE COAST GUARDS ON SECURITY
The United States Coast Guard has conducted an International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) audit of the Port of Tema.
The ISPS Code audit is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities.
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has therefore collaborated with the United Coast Guard to assist and amend security arrangements inside Ghana’s Ports.
The General Manager of Tema Fishing Harbour, Kumi Adjei-Sam underscored that, the Port Authority places a lot of emphasis on security and has however put in place specific measures to make sure that, security plays its major role in the Port area. 
A representative from the Ghana Maritime Authority, Commander James Adongo Agambiri revealed that, Tema Port is recognised as one of the best performing Ports in the sub-region and as a matter of fact the Authority is going to put in much effort to ensure that security in the Port is highly improved.
The United States Coast Guard praised the implementation of the ISPS processes at the Port of Tema.

GHANA SHIPPERS’ AUTHORITY ORGANISES BIDDER’S CONFERENCE FOR BOANKRA INLAND PORT PROJECT

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority has organised a bidder’s conference for six companies that have been shortlisted out of the initial 29 who expressed interest to invest in the boankra inland port project near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.


This very important infrastructure would link the ports of Tema and Takoradi to the inner parts of the country and the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

The facility is expected to be a free port that would combine unimodal and inter-modal operations aimed at facilitating the transit trade.
The bidder’s conference, therefore, offered opportunity for interested bidders to seek clarifications relating to the project and get related responses.


Addressing the conference, the Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Titus-Glover said government is developing the necessary framework to create the enabling environment for the private sector to contribute to the development of transport infrastructure in Ghana.


Titus-Glover also outlined some benefits of the boankra inland project when completed which included opening the country up for business.    


The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Benonita Bismarck mentioned among other things the availability of voice and data network set ups, Shippers’ Centre which will host offices, electricity, boreholes and a litigation-free 400 acre of land are available for the investors to leverage on.

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