The Port of Takoradi has hit a major milestone in terms of its capacity to receive larger cargo vessels. The port, has on three consecutive times, and by incremental volumes of storage capacity had ships call into its anchorage to load and export manganese to China and other countries.
The latest and record breaking, is the MV Semirio of 290 meters’ length, and destined for China, has been loading 175,000 metric tonnes of manganese at the port.
According to Peter Amoo Bediako, Acting Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of the Port of Takoradi, the calling of the largest vessels in the world at the Port of Takoradi is an evidence to the fact that the port and its anchorage are safe.
“These are testament to the fact that the port limits are very safe as compared to our neighbouring ports.”
He said last year manganese export rose from 2 million metric tonnes in 2017 to 4.2 million metric tonnes in 2018.
Peter Amoo-Bediako emphasized that the feat is remarkable, as it contributes to the port’s traffic, and ultimately the finances of the organization.
“For the first three months we had to handle close to 700,000 metric tonnes of cargo. Though very early, it shows that the Takoradi Port is on course to do a lot of business in 2019,” the Marketing and Public Affairs Manager expressed.
He continued that the port is a preferred shipping destination in the sub region, and that they would work to improve service delivery for their stakeholders.
He said the Port of Takoradi has been positioned not only to serve the manganese or the export markets but all the markets including the traditional cargo, oil and gas, the bulk cargo, the general cargo that it handles.