Officials of GPHA inspecting the tugboat T.T. Addy at the Tema port
As part of efforts to help navigate big vessels at the Tema Port, the Ghana Port and Harbour Authority (GPHA) has taken delivery of a new tugboat.
The boat, estimated at €6.7 million and named T.T. Addy, was manufactured in Holland with two 1865 kilowatts engines, which can run at a speed of 8.5 knots.
It is 28.67 meters long, 10.43 meters wide with a maximum draft of 4.60 meters and a gross tonnage of 294 metric tons.
Jacob Adorkor, the Director of Tema Port, told the media at the Tema Port that the tugboat, which has the capability to turn 360 degrees, push and pull ships easily, would go long way to facilitate the movement of ships and improve the turnaround time of ships at the port.
According to him, the tugboat would compliment three others owned by the GPHA to help navigate big vessels at the Tema Port.
He was of the view that the T.T Addy tugboat would help to ensure the smooth operations at the port.
For his part, Paul Asare Ansah, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port, called on Parliament to review the Customs Regulation on the warehousing of goods since it impacted negatively on operations at the port.
He explained that although the GPHA operates a 24-hour service, haulage trucks were not allowed to carry goods out of the port to the warehouses at 3:30 pm, which causes congestion at the port.
Mr Ansah suggested that steps should be taken to review the law to make it more responsive to the changing trends, adding that GPHA, in a bid to improve efficiency at the port, had acquired additional equipment.
He said his outfit was working to expand the ports to ease congestion and improve working conditions.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema