TEMA PORT is the bigger of two sea ports of Ghana. It spans a land area of 3.9 million square metres and is flanked by an industrial city. The port receives an average of over 1650 vessel calls per year and these comprise an assortment of container vessels, general cargo vessels, tankers, Ro-Ro and cruise vessels amongst many others.
The ports environs serve as a logistic point for activities of Inland Clearance Depots (ICDs), Warehouses, Transport and haulage companies, freight forwarders and related service centres.
Shipping routes and ports of call to and from Tema Port span all continents on our world either through direct or transhipment services; various shipping lines offer possibilities for the shipment of different types of cargo.
70% of national trade and traffic is done through Tema port with additional volumes of trade and traffic to and from the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso Mali and Niger.
The Port of Takoradi, Ghana’s premier commercial Port, was opened in 1928 to facilitate Ghana’s international trade. It is strategically located 225km west of Accra the capital city of Ghana and 300km east of Abidjan the capital city of La Cote d’Ivoire. It is well connected to its hinterland which makes it the preferred and ideal gateway to the middle and northern parts of Ghana and the Sahelian landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali.
The port in 2012 handled 31% of Ghana’s seaborne traffic, 66% of national Exports and Handled 19% national Imports. Leading exports include Manganese, Bauxite, Forest Products and bulk and bagged Cocoa beans, mining equipment; whiles leading imports include Clinker, Wheat, Petroleum Products and Containerized cargo. In 2007, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities at Cape Three Points in the Western Region. Due to the proximity of the port to the Oil and Gas Fields, it is strategically located to support exploration and production activities at the Oil and Gas fields. Majority of the oil supply vessels call the port to load and discharge equipment, chemicals and other supplies that are stored in port sheds as well as private warehouses near the port. These vessel calls have contributed significantly to the increase in calls to the port.