Owing to the commencement of work on the development of an Atlantic Terminal Service (ATS) at the Takoradi Port in January 2019, IBISTEK Limited has signed a project management contract with a Netherlands-based company, Royal Haskoning DHV.
Per the contract, Royal Haskoning DHV would provide technical advice and construction supervision in relation to the construction of one-million twenty-footer equivalent units multipurpose container terminal.
The company would also provide technical advice and support in relation to all aspects of the project, which includes managing all procurement processes and providing support for environmental assessment, and plans for another contract, yet-to-be-signed, by IBISTEK.
The Netherlands-based company is also required to ensure compliance with applicable standards set by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, as part of the risk management framework.
Mr Kwame Gyan, Chairman of IBISTEK, signed the agreement on behalf of the company, while Mr Frederik Mabesoone, Director in charge of Business Development, Maritime and Aviation, signed that of the Netherlands-based company.
Addressing the dignitaries who gathered for the signing of the contract, Mr Gyan indicated: “It is our hope that this project, apart from creating an opportunity for Ghana to influence transhipment trade within West Africa sub-region, would also create job opportunities for young people.”
He explained that the project, a joint venture between his outfit and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) under a concession agreement signed between the two in 2017, is a multipurpose project, which would develop dedicated port terminal facilities within the Takoradi Port to handle containers, containerised cargo, and other multi-cargo commodities and related terminal services.
“It would also serve as a main trans-shipment point cargo moving from Ghana to neighbouring landlocked countries,” he said.
He threw more light on the project, by pointing out that the harbour basin would be dredged to create a deeper draft of 16 metres to hold Post Panamax vessels that could carry 22,000 containers at a time.
He said a vast sea area would also be reclaimed for the development of five new berthing facilities, as well as the building of a 1,700 metre square of quay wall, a retaining structure used to dock floating vessels and transfer goods, and added that company had raised the required equity and debt financing for the completion of the project on schedule.