Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information on Ghana Port of Takoradi
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
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Distance: 1 km
Port's Complete Name
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
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
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.
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Major Import Campaigns
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
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
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
For more information, please see the following link: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority
General Cargo Handling Berths
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.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
1 x 55 mt
15 x (20 mt & 40 mt)
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
18 x (40 mt, 50 mt & 80 mt)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
14 x (5 mt to 32 mt)
The container yard has a capacity of 5,000 TEU’s.
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)
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)
20 movements / hour
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:
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.
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
Only reefer containers
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)
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.
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