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MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS DEVELOPMENT, HON. JOE GHARTEY PAYS A WORKING VISIT TO THE TEMA PORT EXPANSION PROJECT SITE


The Minister for Railways Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey, on Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 paid a working visit to the Tema Port Expansion Project Site. With him were the Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah and the Minister for Roads & Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah.

The three (3) sector Ministers were accompanied by officials of their respective Sector Agencies including the Ghana Railway Development Authority, Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads and the Department of Feeder Roads. Also present were representatives from the project developer, Meridian Port Services Limited.

The visit was at the instance of the Hon. Joe Ghartey as a follow-up to a meeting with the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority and the Meridian Port Services Limited which was held on Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 at the Ministry of Railways Development to discuss issues relating to the on-going expansion project at the Tema Port and the need to coordinate the development of an intermodal transport system (rail, road and sea) that will facilitate the movement of cargo to and from the new Terminals being developed.

The purpose of the site visit was to enable the three (3) Sector Ministers familiarize themselves with the progress of works and to also enhance the collaborative efforts to address any issues or challenges that were likely to impact negatively on the achievement of the objectives for which the expansion project is being carried out.

The Chief Executive of Meridian Port Services Limited, Mr. Mohammed Samara took the Ministers and their Team on a tour of the site and were briefed on the facilities that were being developed as part of the Port Expansion project.

About 2.2km of land had so far been reclaimed into the sea and the first two berths, which are being constructed as the 1st phase of the project, are expected to be completed by June, 2019. The remaining two berths will be completed by June, 2022.

The team also toured the site where the Railway Terminal will be developed. All the four Berths that are being constructed will be integrated with both road and rail transport to facilitate effective and efficient movement of cargo.