Takoradi Port is about 226km west of Accra, at latitude 4°53’N, 1° 45’W
Advance notice of 72 hours is required, prior to estimated time of arrival (ETA) of a vessel, one (1) hour prior notice is required of ships to prepare their engines before berth.
Vessels can anchor anywhere NE of the lee breakwater head. Depth is mostly over 15M with good holding ground. A wreck with depth of 8.5m is in position approximately 04 degrees 53.3N 001 43.0W. A patch of about 14m is positioned approximately 04 degrees 53.7N 001 42.5W.
Tankers up to 300 metres in length and 14 metres draught carrying a load of 60,000tons of liquid bulk cargo, can be accommodated at the liquid bulk terminal of the the Port known as the Marshall Oil & Gas Services Liquid Bulk Terminal - the deepest in-harbour liquid bulk terminal in Ghana. The terminal is fitted with automated fire-fighting equipment.
The Port has three (3) tug boats and two must always be in attendance for berthing, sailing and shifting. The tugs are fitted with monitors for firefighting. Tugs reaches up to 1,250 hp, available on special application. Two tugs of 1,860kw with about 40 tones bollard pull and a third one with 80tons bollard pull, are available.
It has a semi-diurnal with a range of about 1 meter.
The signal station may be contacted 24hrs through VHF on channels 14 (port working channel) and 16 (international). On the average, vessels can be reached between 30-40 nautical miles away from the Port (3hrs away from anchorage). During the harmattan seasons, signals can be heard as far as Abidjan, Togo and Nigeria. The Port of Takoradi is linked to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
Approach to entrance is free from hazards apart from a reef south of the main breakwater and wrecks noted on the Admiralty chart NO. 3102. Channel depth at entrance is about 17m.
Two rainy seasons occur within a year; April to July and September to mid-November. Prevailing winds are from SW except during the harmattan season when NE wind dominates.
BERTHING FACILITIES - LENGTHS AND DRAUGHTS
Berths: DBT 1,2,3 Length (meters):800m Depth (meters): 16m