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GPHA BOARD UNDERTAKE 2-DAY WORKSHOP AT PORT OF TAKORADI

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 The governing board of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) as part of its continuous efforts at ensuring robust corporate governance, has completed a two-day working workshop in Takoradi with an inspection tour of port expansion projects at the Port of Takoradi.

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The workshop aimed to enable the board members to renew their shared understanding of corporate governance oversight responsibilities regarding contracts, financial management, and procurement.  

During an inspection of the Atlantic Terminal Services (ATS) container and multipurpose terminal, officials of the ATS project consultants Royal Haskoning DHV took the Board members through completed works so far. 

an aerial view of construction works at ATS Terminal

They were also briefed on plans for operations at the ultra-modern Dry Bulk Terminal.

Yoed Chizik, the Business Development Director of Amandi Ghana, contractors for the project said, “as we are going away, the idea is that the GPHA staff will be trained both on the dedicated systems of the conveyors, the ship loaders, and the eco hoppers as well as the entire facility. We have been working successfully on that with GPHA management.” 

Project Engineer at GPHA, Komla Ofori revealed that the facility would be equipped with Eco hoppers which will ensure dust emissions at the bulk terminal are reduced to the minimum acceptable levels.

The board members also visited the construction site of a new workshop facility for members of the Inshore Fisheries Association of New Takoradi.

The facility, according to the Director-General of GPHA, Michael Luguje, was part of the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility which was occasioned as a result of the port expansion at Takoradi.

Mr. Luguje said, “we are hoping that in a couple of months we can come up with a modern facility that would serve the fisherfolk better. Here, we are not just relocating them traditionally, but we are bringing modern facilities that would make their work easier.”

The Board Chairman of GPHA, Isaac Osei remarked on the various ongoing developmental projects in the Port of Takoradi.

Mr. Osei said, “the engineers and contractors have done a wonderful job. I am particularly pleased with the Director of Port, Takoradi as well for the excellent work he has done.” 

The Board Chairman called on the private sector to take the opportunity to tap into the world-class facility at the Liquid Bulk Terminal which is currently underused.

“We have 5 arms, but I do know that some of the arms are currently not being used and this is an opportunity for the private sector to put up storage facilities for LPG, RFO, Bitumen. We need these facilities so that we do not keep those arms under nitrogen pressure all the time and pay maintenance fees. We want the private sector to join us and build these facilities because the government through GPHA has done what is necessary.”

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