By Godfrey Bivbere
THE Ghanaian government is set to expand its berthing facilities as a means of attracting more cargo consigned to the sub-region..
Disclosing the planed expansion while conducting visiting maritime journalists around Terma port in Accra, recently, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghanaian Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA), Mr. Peter Sabia, said that plans have been concluded to commence the expansion of the quay with deeper draft to accommodate more and bigger vessels.
Sabia explained that the expansion became necessary not only because of the need to accommodate more vessels but also to meet up the challenges pose to it by neighbouring port. He also disclosed that the turn around time for vessels calling at the port stood at about 1.7 days and that they are working at reducing it further.
The GPHA image maker explained that the port built in 1952 by that countryâ€™s first President Kwame Nkruma, has 14 berths with a draft of 9.5 to 11.5 meters.
He also noted that Ghanaian government is also set to build a new road beside the beach line from Terma to Accra to help reduce the growing congestion on the roads.
He also pointed out that the GPHA would continue to expand its port facilities according to the imports coming to the country. The GPHA spokesman noted that despite handling giving some aspect (75 percent) of its operation (stevedoring), to private outfits, they have insisted in controlling 25 percent of that function.
The GPHA image maker who said that 10 companies are presently handling the 75 percent stevedoring operation and further stressed that their decision to retain 25 percent operations is being contested and is presently before their National Assembly.
He however noted that they working very hard to ensure that the bill that would make them give up the 25 percent does not sail through.