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Takoradi Port Information



ADVISING ETA
48/12 hours before arrival. Communication may sometimes pose a problem, particularly for vessels arriving Takoradi via Abidjan, as overland facilities are inadequate. In such case masters are requested to radio us before leaving Abidjan giving us some indication of vessels ETA

AIRPORT
Kotoka International Airport is located abt. 30 km from Tema, on the Eastern side of Accra.


ANCHORAGE

In Takoradi Bay with depth of more than 11 metres (please see location as per Admiralty Chart No. 3012) Quarantine: see AC No. 3012 beyond the two breakwaters at the approach to the harbour entrance.
 
 
APPROACH
Apart from the Takoradi Reef, situated south of the Main Breakwater and ship wrecks noted on AC No. 3012, approach to the entrance is free from hazards. There are adequate navigational aids to ensure the safety of ships using the port:
1.Takoradi Lighthouse 4°532’N 1°345’W: group flashing white, 10 seconds, visible 32 km.
2. Main breakwater head: flashing red once second, visible 11.2 km.
3. Lee Breakwater Head: fixed green, visible 12.8 km.
4. Fog bell: every 5 seconds on Lee Breakwater Head.
5. Cement clinker (Jetty Head Green): every 4 seconds.

Restrictions: Draft: 10.36m F, 10.97m A, LOA: 180 m, Beam: No limit
Ghanaian flag to be hoisted.

 CRANES
No heavy lift equipment or floating cranes available.
 
CURRENCY
US$1 = 1.5 GHC

FIRE FIGHTING

The port has a well organised fire fighting service on duty 24-hrs a day with modern appliances. Tugs are fitted with fire fighting equipment with fire monitors located on top of the superstructure. Fire services can be contacted from all boxes on transit sheds/shed 4 & main gate or telephone no. 233-31-24073
 
HARBOUR
The Harbour of Takoradi consists of only one basin with nine berths, including two dry bulk, one container, ro-ro and an oil terminal. There is also a berth with a depth of five metres for fishing vessels at the former coal wharf:.

Berths:

  Length of berth Draft Limit Beam Limit

1. Mangnese

158.5

8.54*

22.86

2 (ro-ro)

167.64

7.93

 
4

152.4

7.93

 
4

182.3

8.54

9m
5 9m

8.54

9m
6 (container) 8m

8.92

8m
7 Oil 8m

8.84

8m
8 Bauxite 8m 9.14** 8m

Waterline to top of hatch coaming not to exceed 9.14 metres. After obtaining max draft vessels move to buoys to continue loading ex lighters ** After obtaining max draft vessels move to buoys to continue loading ex lighters.

Bouys:

  Length Depth (max)  

 

 

Fore

Aft

1

195

10.36

10.97
2

193

9.20

9.60
3

181

8.40

9.00
4 176

7.70

8.70
5 174

7.70

7.90
6 150

7.70

7.00
7 91 6.00 6.50


All cargo worked over quay when vessels are discharging at the Main wharf. Lighter Service available when discharging smaller tonnage at the buoys.

Discharge rates:

Containers 8 units/hour

General cargo

30 ts gang/hour

Clinker at buoys

2500-3000

Clinker at berth

3500-4000 ts/day

Bagged cargo

250 ts gang/shift

Bulk cargo 500 ts gang/day

 

Loading Rates

M.H.W.S 1.5
M.H.W.N. 1.2
M.L.W.S. 0.2
M.L.W.N. 0.6

Shed Capacity

M.H.W.S 1.5
M.H.W.N. 1.2
M.L.W.S. 0.2
M.L.W.N. 0.6

Open areas capacity:

M.H.W.S 1.5
M.H.W.N. 1.2
M.L.W.S. 0.2
M.L.W.N. 0.6


Watchmen
GPHA has security personnel in the port – recommended to employ agency watchmen.

Shore leave
Shore pass required for both offices and crew from immigration.

Kroo boys
Available, 6 days notice required.

Police
The Superintendent of Police
Ghana Ports Authority, Takoradi
Tel: +233 31 22581

Port Authorities
Director of Port
Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA)
P.O. Box 249, Takoradi
Tel: +233 31 24073-8
Fax: +233 31 22814

Harbour Master
Tel: +233 31 24073 ext. 244 or +233 31 23220

Port Handling gear:

M.H.W.S 1.5
M.H.W.N. 1.2
M.L.W.S. 0.2
M.L.W.N. 0.6

Container Handling Equipment:

M.H.W.S 1.5
M.H.W.N. 1.2
M.L.W.S. 0.2
M.L.W.N. 0.6


MEDICAL

Well equipped port clinic with additional facilities in Takoradi town and at Sekondi:
 
POSITION

Lat. 04°53’N, Long. 1°44’W – abt. 228 km west of Accra. Africa West Coast, Gulf of Guinea
 
PILOTAGE

Available 24 hrs a day and compulsory for all vessels upon entering, leaving or shifting in the Main Harbour. Vessels wishing to enter harbour must await the pilot at three cables NE of starboard breakwater (Lee Breakwater Head) or buoys
 
POPULATION

650,000

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
New Year’s Day January 1
Independence Day March 6
Good Friday  
Holy Saturday  
Easter Monday  
Labour Day May 1
Republic Day July 1
Christmas Day December 265
Boxing Day December 26
Farmer’s Day First Friday of December
Id-El-Fitr A day after the end of the Moslem fast
Id-El-Adha 3 months after the Ramadan


RADIO/VHF

Takoradi Radio. Signal Station may be contacted on channel 14 and 16, Scanship on channel 9.
 

SHIP PAPERS REQUIRED

The following documents are required to present upon arrival to Port Health, Immigration and Customs Authorities: Customs, Plant Quarrantine Dept, Vertinary Service & Agent
1 copy Bill of Health (Maritime Bill of Health)
2 copy Vaccination List (with Cholera and Yellow Fever Certificates)
6 copies Crew List
2 copy Crew Declaration List
5 copies Passenger List (or “nil” pass. list)
6 copies Ports of Call List
3 copies Cargo Manifest (in English language only)
3 copies Dangerous Cargo List
2 copy Animal List
2 copy Stowaway List
2 copy Mail & Parcel List
2 copy Bonded Stores List
1 copy Narcotics List
1 copy Arms & Ammunition List
1 copy Port Clearance, visa stamped from last port of call
De-rat Certificate
Photos (Shore passes)

NB: If arriving from other Ghanaian Port, Light Dues Certificate and Transire
 

SHIP REPAIR

Small dry dock for fishing vessels only up to 508 dwt and a slipway for vessels of up to 30 metres.

 

SUPPLIES

Fresh water: available by pipe at berths 4,5 & 6 at cost of US$3.95 per ton. Rate of supply is 20 tons/hour. Water barge for vessels moored at bouys.

Bunker: fuel and diesel oil is available at the main quay whereas the petrol terminal is served by pipeline and tankers as per stem order from owners/operators. All grades of fuel available from Shell (Ghana) Ltd, Elf (Ghana) Ltd and Mobil (Ghana) Ltd.

TIDES:

Semi diurnal with a range of abt. 1 Metre.
 
TOWAGE

Compulsory within the Main Harbour and to be ordered through Signal Station or agent. Tugs of up to 1,250 hp available on special application. 2 tugs of 1,860 kw with abt. 40 metres bollard pull available.
 
WEATHER

Prevailing winds from SW except during Harmattan when NE winds are dominating. There are two rainy seasons, from April to July and September to mid-November. Tornadoes are possible during July to September.

 
WORKING HOURS

The port is working round the clock and operates with 2 shifts: 07:30-19:30 hrs and 19:30-07:30 hrs with 30 minute meal breaks.

ORDINARY DAYS (MONDAY-FRIDAY):

Normal hours: 0730-1200, 1400-1700 & 1930-0330
Overtime hours: 1230-1400, 1700-1930 & 0330-0730

SATURDAY/SUNDAY/HOLIDAYS
Overtime hours: round the clock

LATEST TIME OF ORDERING GANGS:
For weekdays: 1500/1600 hrs the day before with possibility of cancellation up to 0645 on the day the gang is ordered for.
For Saturdays/Sundays: 0730 hrs

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