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Key port information can also be found atMaritime Database information on Ghana Port of Takoradi

Port Overview

The Port of Takoradi, in the west of the country, was Ghana’s first commercial port, opened in 1928 to serve the needs of the mining industry and to handle imports of consumer goods. Takoradi, the regional capital of the Western Region of Ghana, is about 230 km east of Accra. The Port is well connected to its hinterland which makes it the preferred and ideal gateway to the central and northern part of Ghana and the Sahelian countries of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. The Port has six (6) berths with draughts between 8.4 m and 10 m in addition to dedicated manganese, bauxite and oil berths. There are buoys with draughts between 5.5 m and 11 m. In 2012, the port handled 31% of Ghana’s seaborne traffic, 66% of national exports and 19% of national imports. Leading exports include manganese, bauxite, forest products and bulk and bagged cocoa beans, mining equipment; while leading imports include clinker, wheat, petroleum products and containerized cargo. In 2007, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities at Cape Three Points in the Western Region. Due to the proximity of the port to the oil and gas fields, it is strategically located to support exploration and production activities at the oil and gas fields. The majority of the oil supply vessels call the port to load and discharge equipment, chemicals and other supplies that are stored in port sheds as well as private warehouses near the port.

Port website: Ghana Port of Takoradi Website

Port Location and Contacts



Province or District

Western Region

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Takoradi

Distance: 1 km

Port's Complete Name

Takoradi Port





Managing Company or Port Authority

Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority

Management Contact Person

Director General Captain Ebenezer Afadzi

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Takoradi Airport

Airlines: Domestic flights only

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

All vessels calling in the port are fully handled by the Marine Operations Department and solely the responsibility of Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority under the supervision of the Harbour Master.

For information on Ghana Port of Takoradi contact details, please see the following link: 4.4 Ghana Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The channel depth at entrance is about 11.5 m. There isn’t any congestion in the port. The cargo handling MTs includes container volume. Vessels can anchor anywhere NE of the lee breakwater head. The depth is mostly over 15 m 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 14 m is positioned approximately 04 degrees 53.7N 001 42.5W.

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season



Major Import Campaigns



Handling Figures

Year 2015

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2015

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)



Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Information on discharge rates and terminal handling charges could be found in the following link: Port Tariffs

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth








Container Berth




Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs



Water Barges



For more information, please see the following link: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

All berths are multipurpose

Exports - Bagged Cargo

All berths are multipurpose

Imports and Exports - RoRo

All berths are multipurpose

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is managed by the government. 


(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane



Container Gantries



Mobile Cranes


1 x 55 mt

Good condition



15 x (20 mt & 40 mt)

Good condition

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


18 x (40 mt, 50 mt & 80 mt)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines








14 x (5 mt to 32 mt)

Good condition

Container Facilities

The container yard has a capacity of 5,000 TEU’s.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Other Capacity Details


Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

40 TEU per day


Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)



Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

120 TEU


Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

20 movements / hour


Customs Guidance

GCNet (Ghana Community Network Services Limited) operates an electronic system for processing trade and customs documents in Ghana. This network is managed by Ghana Revenue Authority and facilitates the clearance of cargoes from the port. This service helps reduce the illegalities in tax payment and collection. This system provides complete audit trail on all imports and exports through the port. The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Customs Division is the service mandated by Government to collect duties on all imports and exports

For information on Ghana Port of Takoradi customs details, please see the following links: 

Port Processes, Import Clearance and Export Procedure

1.3 Ghana Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

All 5 berths are multipurpose and each one can serve to provide RoRo facilities. 

Grain and Bulk Handling

There aren’t any facilities for direct bagging from ship discharge.

Main Storage Terminal

The port has sheds with storage covered area of 140,000 m2, open storage area of 250,000 m2 with container holding capacity of 5,000 TEUs. There are also private warehouses in and around the port to augment the ports capacity.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (square meters)

Bagged Cargo

Private warehouses

32,000 mt

Refrigerated Cargo

Only reefer containers


General Cargo

As for Bagged Cargo



Stevedoring services are provided by GPHA and 5 licensed private stevedoring companies. The port stevedore department handles 25% with the remaining 75% allocated to the 5 companies licensed to operate at the port. Cargo allocations are handled by the Harbour Master. Private stevedore companies operating in the port are:

  • Advance Stevedore
  • Atlantic Port Services
  • Speedline Company
  • Gemini Maritime Services 
  • Golden Gate Services 

For more information, please see the following link: Stevedore Companies Ghana Shippers' Authority (GSA)

Hinterland Information

The transportation of goods from the port can only be done through Ghana Haulage Truck Drivers Association (GHTDA) and, if in transit to Burkina Faso, then you must consult the Burkina Shippers’ Council as there is a quota sharing regarding this market. The Port of Takoradi has dedicated clearing and forwarding agents for the professional handling of all cargoes through the port.

For further information, please contact the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders.

Port Security

The security network has further been improved with the installation of a closed – circuit television network in the port. With this, cargoes and personnel working in the port are safe and secured. The department works hand in hand with the National Security, Police, The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Narcotics Control Board.


ISPS Compliant (Yes / No)


Current ISPS Level


Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats



Fire Engines