• 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. 


Related articles

The workshop, a hive of activity

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
Everyone has much to gain from project financing

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
Jan De Nul in Africa

Whereas in 2011 the continent represented only 4% of our turnover, Jan De Nul substantially strengthened its presence in 2015 and 2016 resulting in a series of beautiful projects. The project in Takoradi opened up other opportunities elsewhere in…

Read more
Level foundation under water

The subsoil determines the construction method of a quay wall. In Ghana, it is rocky, which makes it difficult to work with drilled piles. Here, prefabricated concrete blocks offer the best solution. The rock below water acted as foundation after the…

Read more
Concrete in Ghana

For building 600 metres of quay wall, we needed 4,000 concrete blocks or about 100,000 cubic metres of concrete. But Ghana has few concrete batching plants that could reliably meet this demand and quality requirements. That is why Jan De Nul built its…

Read more
Fierce competition

Ignace Stols: “There is fierce competition between West African ports to be chosen as main port by shipping companies. Most of these ports had a depth of 12-13 metre, they are now moving to 15-16 metre. It is a tough race. Only those that are ready…

Read more
Prefabricated concrete block in lego style

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
Dredging in Winter

Ignace Stols, project manager dredging works, continues: “In November, December and January, the sea in the Gulf of Guinea is less rough. The access channel is situated outside the protected area so we had to be able to make use of this calmer…

Read more
Rock expert from the Ardennes

Takoradi is situated in the Gulf of Guinea. Ordinarily waves are 1.5 metres high, but in stormy weather they are another metre higher. To allow safe and continuous working, we first had to restrain the forces of nature. Pascal Dumez, project manager…

Read more
Thinking along within the framework of the Ghanaian master plan

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…

Read more
Takoradi, Ghana's second largest port

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