Takoradi Port Expansion Progresses

The expansion project at the Takoradi Port, which involves the extension of the existing main breakwater, provision of facilities to handle bulk commodities and dredging of the access channels, is progressing steadily.

The ongoing expansion works at the Takoradi Port is expected to create about 3,000 jobs during the construction period.

The project, which is being executed by a Belgian firm, Jan De Nul, also involves the extension of the breakwater by 1,080 meters, dredging of the harbor basin and construction of a quay wall for bulk mineral and terminal operations.

The Acting Director of the Takoradi Port, Ebenezer Afadzi charged the local people who have been employed to help the contractor to work hard to justify their employment.

He was interacting with some journalists before a sea trip to some of the areas where the expansions works are taking place.

He pledged that the managers of the port had resolved to take good care of the facility after the expansion works to effectively serve its purpose.

He revealed that the management of the port had been holding series of meetings with the fishermen in the area to educate them on the expansion works and the need for them to work with the port to bring the needed development to the area.

The expansion works at the Takoradi port is part of government’s plan to expand the country’s infrastructure base and the modernization of the port will prepare it for increased maritime businesses.

When completed, the port will be able to segregate bulk cargo operations from containerized cargo operations. This is because of the new and separate bulk handling terminals to be built.

The project will involve reclaiming of the log pond area which will be used to build a 1 km quay with a depth of 16 metres. Additionally 770 metres quay wall will be reclaimed from the existing berth 2 to 6 with 11meter depth.

On completion, manganese, bauxite, clinker, limestone and other bulk cargo operations will be transferred to the new bulk jetty. There will also be a dedicated berth (oil and gas hub) with a depth of 10 metres to cater for supply activities related to the oil industry.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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