• 4.3 million cubic metre dredged
  • 1050 metre breakwater
  • 2.2 million tonnes of rocks
  • 600 metre quay wall

In recent years, African countries have been investing a great deal of effort and capital in developing their ports. Some ports already exist for decades but no longer meet today’s requirements as both container ships and bulk carriers have become way bigger than twenty years ago. In order to remain attractive to leading shipping companies and stimulate local trade, there is no other option than to expand, deepen and modernise their ports. Jan De Nul contacted the Ghanaian authorities with a plan of action, inclusive of financing, which could rapidly generate new revenues and guide the port of Takoradi into the 21st century. 

The first phase of the plan included the extension of the breakwater protecting the port by 1.1 kilometre, the deepening of the port to -14 metre and the construction of a 200-metre quay wall for a bulk terminal. This would allow larger ships to berth, which would generate revenues for financing the next phases.

In a second phase, the port was deepened further to -16 metre; the dredge spoil was used for reclaiming a site of almost fifty acres. We also extended the quay wall by another 400 metres.

In the third and final phase, investments will come from a shipping company, which will build a quay according to its own wishes and needs alongside the reclaimed plot of land. The use of this site will be under a concession for a period of twenty to thirty years. 

 

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