Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority News
ROTOR EQUIPMENT OF VRA SAFELY RECEIVED AND DISCHARGED AT TEMA PORT
The Volta River Authority has commended the Port Authority for its continuous support in discharging its equipment.
This follows the receipt of rotor equipment for the VRA from the Tema Port.

About five months ago, the rotor, from the Aboadze thermal plant was transported to General Electricals workshop; UAE for repair works after a malfunction was detected, according to the Community Relations Officer of VRA, William Apau.
This rotor equipment is a component of a generator that enables the distribution of electrical energy.

William Apau of the VRA informed that, in the absence of this equipment, the VRA were unable to generate 110 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.
''We are going to transport this rotor to Aboadze. Then in few weeks, we are sure the rotor will be online then we will just program it into the national grid,” he updated.
He however expressed satisfaction that within a few weeks, the equipment will be fully operational and the 110 megawatts lost would be restored to the national grid.
He, expressed gratitude to the Port Authority on behalf of the Volta River Authority, for assisting in the care, and transport of the rotor, which he described as very crucial equipment.
''I think I need to commend the Port, Security and Administrators as well. They have been very supportive,” he expressed.


GMA TO CONDUCT PORT STATE INSPECTION ON VESSELS AT ANCHORAGE
The Ghana Maritime Authority says it will be conducting port state inspection on vessels that call at the anchorage of Ghana’s ports following the oil tanker vessel that split into two at the Tema Port anchorage.
It will be recalled that a Bahamas registered oil tanker vessel, MT Alice which had called at the anchorage of the Tema port caved in and split into two but there were no casualties.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Titus Glover called on the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) and other stakeholders to ensure that vessels that call at the country's ports are sea worthy to prevent avoidable accidents.
“This falls directly under Ghana Maritime Authority and bring it to the attention of the Director General to look at some of these vessels that call in our ports,” the Deputy said, after the accident at the anchorage.

In line with this, the Director General of GMA, Kwame Owusu said the inspection will also be aimed at preventing spillage and pollution at the anchorage from vessels that are not sea worthy or in terrible state.
“The Authority now is putting in measures to make sure that even though they have not come in to berth, once they are on our anchorage, in terms of pollution and spillages, etc. we are going to go after them.”
Speaking to journalists on the side-lines of the International Day of the Seafarer, the GMA boss said he is committed to fighting illicit activities in Ghanaian waters.
“I think we have pictures to sue a couple of them. We are now chasing or arrested people from Ada and the rest. And we will put in measures that anyone that comes there, we are going to have a Port-State Control Inspection and also to make sure they have a cause for being there”, he averred.


GPHA ORGANIZES TACTICAL SWIMMING LESSONS FOR ITS FIRE AND SAFETY OFFICERS
The Ghana Ports Harbours Authority has organized a one month tactical Swimming lessons for personnel of the Fire and Safety Department of the Port of Tema.
The main aim of the swimming lesson was to equip officers with the ability to swim in order improve their professionalism and survival in their field of work.

The Fire and Safety Manager at Tema Port, Jimmy Nab-Daisie emphasized on the need for all officers to acquire swimming skills in order to help improve their professional capabilities in their field of survival, considering the scope of work and the marine environment they are exposed to.
''The Port industry is evolving and to keep pace with competition, having a well trained staff is a key strategic asset to stay ahead and survive in this competitive industry,” he opined.
Jimmy Nab-Daisie was pleased with the management of GPHA for introducing the training program for the Fire and Safety Department. He congratulated the officers who despite the certain conditions courageously participated in the session from start to the end.
'' And I believe very much that, management looking at the potential in us will go on continuously to upgrade us to a status in which will benefit massively the organization,” he continued.

The Training Manager of Tema Port, Florence Hagan commended the fire and safety officers for their composure in the course of the training and encouraged them to keep practicing on their own so as to be perfect.
“I am very confident in you, as far as your ability to excel and to have the knowledge and skills to assist in case of any incident.”

GOIL POSITIONING ITSELF TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BUNKERING CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR 9TH TO 13TH JULY, 2018.
Ghana will for the fifth time hold this year’s Africa Maritime Week on bunkering which is the fuelling of vessels from the 9th to 13th July 2018.
As a result, Ghana’s leading oil marketing company, GOIL, which is a key sponsor of the Africa Maritime Week says it is positioning itself to take advantage of the training opportunity the event offers to upgrade the knowledge of its staff in the bunkering business.
“Before the conference we are going to have two days of training on shipping and we having our staff participating because we always want to upgrade the knowledge of our staff in this specialized area. Bunkering is so specialized that you don’t just allow people do it and therefore we always want to upgrade the knowledge of our staff so GOIL is heavily represented in the two day training program”, he said.

Speaking in an interview with Eye on Port, the Chief Operating Officer of GOIL, Alex Adzew said the intensive two-day course ahead of the Maritime week will examine bunker trading and sales, price risk management, fuel supply and bunkering operations and the far-reaching impact on global bunker markets of new emissions regulations.
“We will be discussing something on ethics in bunkering, we will also have the regulators coming through to give a presentation on some of the regulatory issues that involves bunkering”, the C.O.O of GOIL added.
He said the conference will also be looking at how both Tema and Takoradi Ports which currently undergoing expansion works to take advantage of the increasing shipping opportunities that will be available as a country.

Alex Adzew said GOIL’s marine gas oil tanks at the Port of Takoradi continue to provide quality fuel to vessels in a very safe and healthy environment.
“We did this because we want to give the ocean going vessels, oil traders and then those who are working on our oil fields the confidence that GOIL has an infrastructure that will enable them bunker their fuels hustle-free*”, he expressed.  
He said GOIL’s bunkering prices are also very competitive along the major ports in West Africa in order to generate the needed revenue for the state.
 “We are very, competitive in pricing”, he asserted.
Alex Adzew said discussions are under between GOIL and the Port Authority to put in place arrangements that will attract vessels along the West Africa coastline to call Ghana’s ports for bunkering services.

GIFF THREATENS COURT ACTIONS OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF CARGO TRACKING NOTES (CTN) POLICY

The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) says they will seek legal action to register their disagreement over the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) policy.

The Cargo Tracking Note, CTN is a platform by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for collection and management of commercials and logistical information relating to the cargo and ship from the port of loading.


The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders is one of the main groups strongly against this policy. They argued the CTN is not only a duplication of the existing platform but will also increase the cost of doing business at the port.

''If you see the manifest structure as we are going to see by 1st of September you will see the gaps that have been filled. Two of those gaps that has been filled that CTN is saying they are going or they are coming to town with is the value of the cargo and the freight, value of freight or freight as we call it. So with all these gaps that has been filled, one wonders why folks are still bent on the introduction of this cargo tracking,” he said.


President of GIFF, Kwabena Ofosu Appiah, however, says it may head to court to stop Ghana Revenue Authority from continuing the policy which started on July 1 this year.

''With all this confusion that has been thrown into the shipping sub-sector, we are losing out. And once these traders get comfortable with another route, we are finished'', he lamented.


However, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, Carlos Ahenkorah, insists the CTN will come with no cost to businesses.

''So GRA, the government body that is in charge of this exercise is doing everything possible to come up with ways and means to ensure that collection of revenue is maximized'', he stated.

This is the third attempt by the Ghana Revenue Authority to implement the policy.


On May 28, 2018, a statement was issued from the office of the vice president for a suspension of the CTN.

The letter among other things noted, the Manifest structure which already exists was more efficient than the CTN, hence, the need for the suspension.

Despite this letter from the presidency, the GRA has gone ahead with the implementation effective July 1, which was contained in a letter dated 4th June, 2018.

The GRA, however, warned shipments that are not covered by a valid CTN number will not be cleared through Customs in Ghana and fines may apply.

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