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GPHA to modernise facilities at ports

By: Maclean Kwofi
Mr Edward Osei, acting Director-General, GPHA
Mr Edward Osei, acting Director-General, GPHA

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) is inviting bids from private firms to conduct consulting services for the structural integrity, assessment and design of bridges in Tema and Takoradi ports.

The interest firm is also to undertake a feasibility study and design of an alternative access road and remodelling of a fire and safety block to both the Fishing Harbour and Tema Port.

In addition, the firm will remold the entrance gate and undertake the construction of an engineering workshop at the outer part of the Fishing Harbour and the Tema Port.  

In an expression of interest published in the Daily Graphic on its June 28 edition, the GPHA said it planned to apply part of its budgetary allocation to fund the eligible payment for the projects.

It stated that the services needed include conducting the requisite investigations, geodetic and geotechnical surveys on the project sites, preparation of conceptual and detailed architectural and engineering designs.

This consist of the services, preparation of bill of qualities, cost estimates and tender documents.

With this regard, the GPHA invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. The firms should provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.

“Selection or shortlisting of firms will be done in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, 2013 (Act 663) as amended in 2016 (Act 914) of the country,” the publication noted.

It said interested firms were to note that it was not a request for proposal. After review of the expression of interest, shortlisted firms would be invited to submit their proposals through letters of invitation which would include specific terms of reference.

Operational performance
The GPHA has tremendously improved on its operational performance with a consistent modernisation of facilities at the country’s seaports. This has increased cargo volumes from 16 million tonnes to 17 million.

One of the major hallmarks of the authority’s success has been the high ethical business practices that drive the total quality service delivery to its customers.

The port authority has a three-year master plan in place at Takoradi Port which started in 2014.

Planned improvements include dredging the access channel, building additional breakwater, reclaiming land, construction of new berths which will include a dedicated manganese, bauxite, clinker and limestone jetty and new landslide side infrastructure and building of new offshore oil base.

Others consist of the development of a floating facility, a shipyard, a 300-metre quay and fabrication yards for light and heavy industries.

Tema Port expansion  
At Tema Port, construction work on the US$1.5 billion Tema Port expansion project is ongoing and it will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The project will increase the capacity of the port to three times its current size. The expansion project is expected to provide 3.5 million TEUs in annual throughput capacity to the port.

The project includes the establishment of four deepwater berths, a new breakwater and an access channel able to accommodate mega ships in the country. — GB