The arrival of the Jan De Nul cutter suction dredger (CSD) Zheng He has launched the first phase of Ghana’s USD500 million Atlantic Terminal Services project at the port of Takoradi, Ghana.
During the dredging operation, about 1 million m3 of hard materials will be removed to increase the port’s depth to 16 m from the current 11 m, and to dig the foundation for a new quay.
“We’ve commenced cutting of the basin area to -16 m, which will allow very big vessels to come to the area. We’ve also started cutting foundation trenches for the quay wall at -18.5 m, which is 2.5 m below the level of the basin. We are hoping to finish the dredging works by April this year,” said Calin Andreescu, Jan De Nul project manager.
In addition, the quay length for the container terminal will be about 800 m, which is almost equal to the length of the old port, said Captain Ebenezer Afedzi, director of the Port of Takoradi.
The Atlantic Terminal Services is a build-operate-transfer integrated container and multipurpose facility project between local firm IbisTek and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, aimed at increasing the port’s annual container capacity from 50,000 teu to 1,000,000 teu.
The first phase of the project, which costs USD210 million, is on track, with some jobs already created. “The contractor currently has almost 400 people on site who are Ghanaians, but as the project progresses, that number will increase. Once the dredging is done, we are going to move to the next level, which is the place of the blocks in the water, and that will bring in some more people in addition to what they have now. So, employment at the end of the day, we are projecting to hit about 4,000 at the peak,” said chief executive of IbisTek, Dr. Felix Nana Sackey.