|Posted by Ziad Hamoui on December 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM|
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has called for further development of the Ghanaian port infrastructure at Tema and Takoradi Harbors, which carry 90% of the country’s seaborne trade, in order to meet the growing demand and to ease up congestion that is straining the current capacity.
In his address to the Annual General Meeting of CILT – Ghana, which took place on 8 December at Accra, the Immediate Past President of the institute, Mr. Cletus Kuzagbe FCILT, stated that “the high economic growth rates being registered by the country require that the government moves quickly, to translate plans for port development or expansion into action”.
The same request has been recently repeated several times by other key figures of the logistics and transport industry; recently, during a CPD lecture organized by CILT (GH) Tema, Mr. Wisdom Segbefia CMILT, General Manager of the Corporate Planning division at GPHA – Tema highlighted expansion plans that are currently being developed by the port authorities, as well as the many difficulties in carrying out these plans, notably financing of the infrastructure projects and encroaching upon port-owned land.
Congestion at the port can be underlined as one of the major causes of delay, affecting all stakeholders along the logistics channels indiscriminately; vessels queue at anchorage for longer times, leading to demurrage charges, containers line up at the terminals in wait for handling and document processing, attracting higher costs, and road transport journeys stretch longer than usual, causing additional expenses. At the end of the day, all these costs are passed along to the consumer, who bears the brunt of the additional costs by paying excessive prices at the counter.