President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has formally launched the second phase of the Tema Port Expansion Project.
The programme, which is an important part of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority's (GPHA) master plan, includes a fleet of 15 cutting-edge gantry cranes as well as considerable civil works development.
The second phase of the Tema Port Expansion Project involves paving an area of 270,000 square meters, increasing the terminal's size to 1,270,000 square meters.
The first section, covering 50,000 square meters, will be delivered in stages beginning in July 2024.
The purchase of 15 gantry cranes will increase the cargo handling capabilities of the port of Tema, which is one of Sub-Saharan Africa's most efficient ports with a total of 12 quay cranes and 41 yard cranes.
"Tema Port and especially MPS Terminal 3 remains the best in West and Central Africa. We are grateful for all the partnerships that have contributed to elevating the status of the Tema Port," stated Michael Luguje, Director General of Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority.
The new port features a 1.4-kilometer quay with four deep berths, as well as advanced container handling gantry cranes and Terminal Operating Systems. It can accommodate some of the largest cargo ships in the world, carrying up to 18,000 containers.
Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Ghana's Minister of Transport, confirmed plans for a critical road link from the Motorway to the Tema Port, with work scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year.
President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed the government's commitment to self-sufficiency through an export-led economy, asking ambassadors and business leaders to promote investment in Ghana's stable political and social environment.