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GPHA advances vessel traffic management efforts

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) is initiating the development of a maritime single-window system for efficient vessel traffic management, according to Mr. Michael Achagwe Luguje, the Director General of GPHA.

This system is aimed at enhancing the working relationships with key stakeholders in the clearance chain.

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Mr. Luguje unveiled this plan during GPHA’s media forum, emphasizing that it would complement the existing Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) and paperless port clearance system, revolutionizing port transactions.

Speaking about port clearance in 2023, Mr. Luguje highlighted the GPHA’s commitment to retooling the ports, despite handling one million tonnes less cargo than in 2022.

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The director revealed significant investments in modern machinery and equipment, including marine crafts, cranes, reach stackers, and forklifts.

Infrastructural projects, such as the expansion of MPS Terminal 3 in Tema and the completion of the multi-purpose and container terminal in Takoradi, contributed to the enhancement of port capabilities.

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The director general reported that the oil and gas terminal is slated for completion by the end of 2024, with the ultra-modern Dry Bulk Terminal in the Port of Takoradi equipped with state-of-the-art conveyor systems and eco-hoppers to handle various bulk cargoes effectively.

These developments in Takoradi align with GPHA’s master plan to diversify service offerings to meet growing demand.

Highlighting the priority of the Keta Port project, Mr. Luguje stated that it is currently undergoing environmental, social, and impact assessment. He emphasized the GPHA’s dedication to making the ports the preferred choice in West and Central Africa, urging importers and exporters to maintain trust in their services.

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