José Pycke already works twenty years for Jan De Nul and is responsible for the workshop in Aalst. The workshop has 70 employees, spread over several departments, almost half are welders but we also have plenty of machine operators, electricians…Read more
The project in Takoradi started in 2012; today, it is almost 90% complete. Filip Morobé, Area Director Africa: “What makes this project special, is that there has been no call for tenders. The Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) has been trying for fifteen years to get this project going through a call for tenders but there would always be one or other aspect on which it crashed, the main obstacle being the scope of the project and the corresponding price tag. GPHA wanted to have the entire port built in one go, which corresponds with a budget of 600 million Euro, an amount generally unfeasible in developing countries.
In 2010, we contacted the Ghanaian authorities ourselves and were allowed to study their master plan. Within the pre-set constraints, we came with a proposal of our own: a project divided into three phases, financed by us and with an immediate return. An impeccable and swift execution ensured that we stayed ahead of the competition.”
A project such as in Takoradi is very capital-intensive. Governments may well have the vision to expand their ports, often their budgets are inadequate. Mathias Van De Vijver, Financial Manager, explains how Jan De Nul can still realise these projects…Read more
The total quay wall height is up to 20.7 metres, with at low tide 3.2 metre above and 17.5 metre below water. It is built of 4,000 concrete blocks each of 50 tonnes, all made on site. When stacking the concrete blocks, these are aligned alternately.…Read more
Apart from wood, Takoradi mainly exports cocoa, bauxite and magnesium. The port is also the central pivot for all supplies to Jubilee Field, a huge offshore oil field west of Takoradi. Another part of the cargo entering the port is intended for countries…Read more