Key port information can also be found at: Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Tema
The Port of Tema is the largest port in Ghana. Situated on the eastern coast of the country, it stretches over 3.9 million square metres of land area. The port receives an average of over 1,650 vessel calls per year. These comprise container vessels, general cargo vessels, tankers, Ro-Ro and cruise vessels among many others.
85% of Ghana’s trade is done through the ports with shipping routes and vessel calls to and from all continents through both direct and transhipment services. Set within the industrial city of Tema and 30 km from the capital city of Ghana, the port’s environs serve as a logistic point for activities of Inland Clearance Depots (ICDs), warehouses, transport and haulage companies, freight forwarders, factories and related service centres.
Port website: Ghana Port of Tema Website
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
km: 1 km
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
Management Contact Person
Abraham Mesah - GM
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Airport Name: Kotoka International Airport
Airlines: Emirates, BA, Brussels, Turkish Airlines KLM amongst others.
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Shore handling (receipt, storage and delivery services) are provided by Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Red Sea Maritime Services Ltd. Red Sea Maritime Services Ltd undertakes shore handling services for non-containerized cargo, excluding dry, liquid bulk and vehicles in addition to inland clearance depots that offer receipt and delivery services. These are:
- Golden Jubilee Terminal (GPHA)
- Tema Container Terminal (PRIVATE)
- Tema Bonded Terminal (PRIVATE)
- Maersk Container Terminal (PRIVATE)
- Atlas Manufacturing And Engineering Services (PRIVATE)
- Africa Coastal Services (PRIVATE)
- APM Terminal (PRIVATE)
For information on Ghana Port of Tema contact details, please see the following link: 4.4 Ghana Port and Waterways Company Contact List
Tema Port occupies a land area of 3.9 million square metres and is flanked by an industrial city. The port receives an average of over 1,650 vessel calls per year and these comprise an assortment of container vessels, general cargo vessels. tankers, Ro-Ro and cruise vessels, amongst many others. The Main Harbor entrance has a minimum depth of 12.0; when vessels roll on entering, this increases their draft. The entrance is 244 meters wide, with a dredged channel of 80 m wide. The bottom of the harbor consists of sand and mud, with frequent hard, rocky ground.
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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
For information on Ghana Port of Tema Charges, please see the following link: Port Tariffs
The port has 12 berths and two others: one dedicated oil berth and the other operated by the Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO). The minimum and maximum depths range from 8.0 to 11.5 meters respectively.
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
3 - 11
8 - 10
1 - 2
The port only has two deep-water berths of 11.5 m for which there is frequent congestion. The port often lightens vessels and shifts them to the shallow draft berths. The port has 12 berths located on two quays with a total paved quay apron of 2,196 m².
- Berths 1 & 2: On quay 2 is a to containers ships.
- Berths 3-11: Multi-purposed berths and berth 12 is a clinker berth
The port requires advance notice of 72 hours prior to the estimated time of arrival (ETA) – before 14.30 on Monday to Thursday and before 10.00 am on Friday for weekend working.
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
3 – 11
Exports - Bagged Cargo
3 - 11
Imports and Exports - RoRo
1 & 2
1 - 11
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is managed privately.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
5 of 40 mt
Good condition with out- reach 15 rows.
Good condition with out-reach capacity of 15 rows.
23 of 45 mt
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
45 tractors and trailers
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
> 50 of different capacities
The Tema Port provides container handling facilities via a dedicated container terminal managed and operated by a private company, Meridian Port Services (MPS). The terminal which consists of berths 1 and 2 has a quay length of 575 metres with the following facilities: 3 Ship to shore gantries, 4 yard gantries, 2 Mobile Cranes, Reach Stackers, 272 reefer plug points and a six lane gate complex. The Golden Jubilee Terminal (GJT) is an inland clearance depot (ICD) located on the western end of the Port of Tema. The facility spans an area of 97,412 m2 and comprises a container freight station (CFS), a state warehouse, car park and an open area for un-stuffing and storage of containers, banking services and customs and security services.
GJT provides receipt storage and delivery services. It is the only terminal responsible for receiving and delivering vehicles imported in containers and provides this service in tandem with full container loads FCL, less than full container loads LCL and house-to-house receipt and deliveries.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers 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)
The Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division is the statutory body established to collect, account and protect customs, excise, other assigned tax revenues and facilitate trade across the country’s borders. F
The shipping lines, Destination Inspection Companies, CEPS, Clearing Agents, all work as chain of groups within a set of procedures and accompanying documentation in order for cargo to be cleared through the port.
- The shipping lines bring in cargo and release requisite documents to agents i.e. a. invoice b. parking list c. freight receipt.
- The destination inspection companies authenticate the documents and thereafter issue a final certificate of valuation report (FCVR). Stating the value of the consignment and the duty payable.
- CEPS undertake valuation of certain category of items and ensure that the correct duty is collected.
- GPHA facilitates the physical clearance process and ensures collection of rent and handling charges.
For further information on Customs procedures, documentation and duties, please see the following links:
The Multipurpose Terminals Ghana Ltd. (M.T.G.) is a 3.85 acre site offering a full range of Container Terminal Services in the Port of Tema. Situated within the Port Area at Industrial Area A/3/A, Fishing Harbour Road, Tema, Ghana, M.T.G. is within easy reach of MPS.
Grain and Bulk Handling
A terminal is to be constructed at the Tema Harbour to facilitate the import and export of agricultural products. The project, to be funded by Super Maritime, a private local company, will be undertaken in partnership with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). Work on the project, to be executed at a cost of US $10 million, is expected to begin in January 2016 and be completed within eight months.
Main Storage Terminal
Tema port has 77,200 m2 of paved area for the storage of containers, steel products and other conventional cargo. The closed storage area, which is about 25,049 m2 (2.51 hectares), consists of six (6) sheds with a total storage capacity of 53,000 tons of cargo. There are various private storage and warehousing facilities located around the port, within the port city and beyond. A bonded warehouse of 2,108 m2 managed by the GPHA’s Golden Jubilee Terminal (GJT).
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
Stevedoring services are provided by the Port Authority and 10 private stevedoring companies. GPHA controls 25% of all stevedoring. The remaining 75% is performed by the following private companies:
- Atlantic Port Services (Private) (APS)
- Speedline Stevedoring Company (Private) (SSL)
- Golden Gate Stevedoring Services (Private) (GGS)
- Gemini Stevedoring Company (Private) (GMS)
- Advance Stevedoring Company (Private) (ASC)
- Sir Lab Stevedoring Company (Private) (SLS)
- Keyport Management Company (Private) (KMC)
- Port Futures Limited (Private) (PFL)
- Kayab Stevedoring Company (Private) (KSC)
- Agilent Maritime Services (AMS)
The road is most common transport mode from the port to delivery points. One of the main associations operating at Tema port is the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions or JAPTU which membership includes executives of transport associations like the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, the Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers du Faso (OTRAF), Entrepôts Maliens au Ghana (Malian warehouses in Ghana), and the Niger truckers’ union, among others.
Tema port has been ISPS compliant since July, 2004 and is operating at MARSEC level 1. All port installations are manned by 24-hour CCTV surveillance plus security personnel who monitor all port zones including entrance and exit gates on a 24-hour basis.
ISPS Compliant (Yes / No)
Current ISPS Level
Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional