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GOIL TRAINS GPHA STAFF ON FUEL SAFETY
The leading Oil Marketing Company in Ghana, GOIL has held a fuel handling training exercise for fuel officers, ISO officers, fuel attendants, plant operators, and staff of logistics and audit departments of the port authority. 
The exercise, according to the Materials Manager of Tema Port, Philippa Amanda Armah, was organised to ensure higher safety standards in the receipt and supply of fuel for port activity.
“Our equipment are very expensive and we want to make sure that the diesel we are putting in these expensive equipment are of good quality and we should in no way as people serving the Authority contribute to its contamination,” she admonished.

Joseph Adongo, Tema Zonal Manager, said it has been GOIL’s agenda to provide an in-depth education to all the corporate entities they supply to about the product they work with and the right methods of handling it.
“If we don’t know the product that we are dealing with, we might end up handling it the wrong way so we would have a little lesson about the product knowledge and we would also learn about how to discharge according to standard practices,” he said. 
He also called for a deeper cooperation from auditors due the distinct nature of the oil marketing business.
The attendants were taken through a thorough presentation of the petroleum products and the whole chain of procurement, refinement and supply. They were also coached through conventional safety practices that are necessary in the business by the Quality Assurance and Distribution Managers of GOIL.
The staff were entreated to exercise a high adherence to fire/safety precautions in their exchanges without compromise to maintain a safe environment to work in.

At the fuel station, GPHA fuel attendants were taught how to accurately undergo their discharge procedure from GOIL tankers. Methods of measuring and analysing deliveries were illustrated by expert technicians.
GOIL also introduced the availability of the fuel laboratory van in the case of any need to analyse the quality of fuel.
The GPHA officials expressed pleasure with the exercise and showed support to keep patronizing GOIL products for the best service.


 

TRANSPORT, ROADS AND RAILWAY MINISTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO EXPEDITE RAILWAY PLANS AT GHANA PORTS

Stakeholder Ministries, Departments and Agencies have begun discussions to construct an 8-Lane High way to link the Port of Tema from the Tema Community 3 traffic light where the new expanded Tema Port is located through the General Hospital Road to the Ashaiman overhead end of the motorway.
Ahead of the impending monumental project which also seek to effectively integrate the rail system into the transportation modes of the Harbour city of Tema, the Ministers of Transport, Roads and Highways as well as Railways and their respective Technical team have pledged to collaborate to ensure the success of the project and other projects including construction of rail lines as part of efforts to boost the Port business in Ghana.

A delegation comprising the Minister of Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta, and Minister of Railways, Joe Ghartey among other officials met with the Director General of GPHA, Paul Asare Ansah and CEO of MPS, Mohammed Samara to discuss progress in the direction of the various projects.
Touching on an 8 lane road construction from the Tema General Hospital to the port, the Roads and Highways Minister said the project when completed will be beneficial to the Port, Tema and the progress of Ghana as a whole. 
He expressed his Ministry’s unflinching support for the integration of a good rail system to support the port expansion project. 
“As the port expansion is going on, the required road construction and rail lines must all start and get on simultaneously. So that by the time the project comes to completion, we would have also had a good road network and railway network,” the Road and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta suggested.
The Minister of Railways recognized the importance of a railway construction in trade facilitation and also relieving traffic congestion in the Port city of Tema, hence, solicited the support of the Port Authority and MPS to support the rail sector.
“We do not want this very important development to become a curse in disguise,” he stated.
Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Transport Minister, lauded the effective collaboration between GPHA and MPS in bringing about the port expansion which will have a rail terminal and hopefully the impending 8-lane highway construction. 
“So in giving the construction to MPS, we realised that we cannot reap the ultimate benefit of that project without developing the road so as part of an agreement with them, and as part of the concession, we came to agreement with them that for the project to go well, you will also have to construct the hospital road to cater for the traffic,” he said. 

Mohammed Samara, CEO of MPS, updated the delegation on the Progress of the ongoing Tema Port expansion which has some rail component.
“There is a lot of feasibility studies that would require input from the successful bidder or operator of the rail itself. But we have allocated the space and we have done the preliminary designs for that in terms of layout, concept, etc. Detailed engineering obviously needs to be done at a later stage,” he explained.
He stated that with the necessary authorization given, MPS is ready to accelerate processes to bring the concept into action.
He noted that, with the full representation of infrastructural plans come 2020, including the railway system, the Tema Port will be comparable to none in the sub-region.

PARLIAMENTARY SELECT COMMITTEE ON TRADE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON PAPERLESS DIRECTIVE
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism has held its second stakeholders’ engagement to offer a platform for organizations involved in the paperless clearance process at the country’s ports to brief the committee on how they have implemented the paperless policy so far.
Ato Panford, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee to Trade, Industry and Tourism said, “We believe it is about time for us to take stock to inform ourselves, to know what the challenges are, what are possible suggestions to rectify any challenges therein. So that we can continue to have a successful policy program.”

It would be recalled that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at a Port efficiency conference in May 2017 issued 3 directives which included the removal of all customs barriers on the transit corridor, Joint Inspection at the ports and operating a paperless port.
All the directives which were to improve efficiency at the ports and reduce time of clearance took effect on 1st September, 2017.  
According to the Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, Ato Panford, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Shama, the engagement has become necessary to assess some challenges regarding the implementation of the paperless policy so that some solutions would be proffered. 
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority admitted that there have been some challenges associated with the Joint Inspections at the Ports. 
“That facility is not working well. What it is supposed to do is to allow the trader to schedule examination and inform first, the custom officers, secondly, the terminal operator, thirdly, of there are any other regulatory agencies like Food and Drugs Authority, to inform them that one is ready for examination at this time and place and therefore inviting you. Sometimes the information doesn’t flow through.

However, the Commissioner of Customs, Isaac Crentsil asserted that the paperless system since its implementation has sealed some revenue leakages. 
“When the paperless project came in, so many of these weaknesses were sealed because with respect to compliance we thought it was very important that we move the compliance out of the face of our other stakeholders because so many things were happening at that level. So the first place to move them to is the Customs Headquarters in Accra to prevent them from influencing or manipulating our officers,” he said.
Carl Sackey, Product Development Manager, Ghana Community Network Services, (GCNet) outlined some challenges they have identified.

“There are many other agencies also operating, therefore, once the clearance release has been done, they also stop the agents and ask for stamped entries to show that the consignment has been released,” Carl Sackey shared.
He said GCNet is working with other stakeholders to ensure that challenges in the clearance process are addressed.
“GRA has actually set up a committee as well involving all the stakeholders to review the clearance process to be able to iron out some of the challenges we have talked about here,” he stated.
From the perspective of the freight forwarders inadequate training and transmission of data issues were some of the challenges the committee identified.
“The first and foremost challenge was the issue of training because there was not enough time for training the users of the system. Here, I’m taking about the agents themselves. So, most of what we do were a bit ad-hoc” A GIFF official said. 
The committee sought to know if GPHA has access to monitor the tariffs charged by other service providers.
Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusa Fuseini enquired if GPHA has a reasonable system that accesses services of all the service providers at the port or how taxes, levies and fees can be charged which is consistent with the services provided.
An IT Officer at GPHA, Francis Marfo responded that “I have not come across the issue were customers are raising concerns with MPS tariffs so I have not been able to examine or compare the rate but from here we will do that.” 

He continued that “what we do is that when MPS releases the containers to our terminals areas, we do not unpack anything from the container, therefore we do not charge the partial. We are only cutting seal and allowing the customs officers to site so our charges are considerably low. So that’s how we are operating. For all our terminal areas, that is exactly what we are doing. Everything is from the tariff and it is transparent to the freight forwarders,” he added. 
The committee tasked GPHA to ensure that charges by some service providers which are not consistent with GPHA approved tariffs are scrapped.
“It is in your ultimate interest that the cost of doing business in Ghana be low”, Inusa Fuseini, MP, advised. 
The IT Officer at GPHA, Francis Marfo assured the committee that he will furnish them with tariffs of the various service providers as soon as possible.

PORT OF TAKORADI PARTNERS ZEAL ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE IT THE CLEANEST IN THE SUBREGION

The Takoradi Port has entered into agreement with Zeal Environmental Technologies to ensure that its marine environment is not polluted.
Having obtained the International Standardization Certification (ISO), Takoradi Port has a policy of zero tolerance for pollution from vessels calling its waters.
The Deputy Marketing and Public Affairs at the Port of Takoradi, Peter Amo-Bediako said not only is the Port of Takoradi interested in berthing vessels and facilitating trade “but we are also interested or very conscious about the environment that is why we have partnered or licensed Zeal Environmental to ensure that as we stimulate the economy of Ghana, and the landlocked countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, we do it consciously with the environment in mind.”


He said the partnership between zeal environmental and Takoradi Port is already yielding great results, following an establishment of a waste recycling facility at that Port.
General Manager of Zeal Environmental, Wilfred Johnson said the facility allows oily sledged water to be taken from vessels that come to berth at the ports and discharged into a 32,000 litre pond where the waste is segmented into three parts; oil, water and solid.


In addition to the waste recycled plant, he said the partnership with the Port of Takoradi has also produced the automated tank cleaning equipment used in cleaning the tank farms at the Port of Takoradi and a nitrogen production facility used to blank the surface of the tanks before cleaning to avoid any explosion.









CONSTRUCTION WORKS BEGIN ON NEW TAKORADI ROAD TO FACILITATE EASE OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PORT

During the early part of the year 2017, the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah assured that the new Takoradi road would receive his attention as soon as possible.
According to him, looking at where the direction of the development of the port is, this road is going to be the main access road to and from the port, therefore, GPHA was going to develop it into a first class road.
In efforts to walk the talk, work has indeed begun on the New Takoradi road as drainage constructions are being carried out there.
Kwame Agyei, the resident engineer whose firm, Arc Consult has been contracted for the road development said the road which begins from Paa Grant roundabout through New Takoradi to the Takoradi Port is ultimately linked to the Takoradi Container Terminal (Tacotel), where the new container terminal is situated, hence, needs to be fixed quickly to bring relieve to the port and motorists in general.
He assured that firm materials are being used for the road construction to meet the purposes of port activity by withstanding heavy trucks.
 "With the third section, which is from New Takoradi to TACOTEL is a dedicated road to serve the container terminal for the Port operations and it will also be opened for the public use especially the community alongside the road. They will also use that same road to access the facilities such as the regional hospital," he explained.
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