Tema Fishing Harbour Net Mending Wharf Ready In 2 Months
Compiled by Richard Attenkah
The concrete net mending wharf being constructed to replace the dilapidated wooden one at the Tema Fishing Harbour landing beach will be ready for use by the end of April this year, because 90 per cent of the work has been done.
Mr. Julius Carl Hermond, Project Manager of FNB/Kwik Silver, the company handling the project, gave the assurance on Monday, when Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Transport Minister, paid a working visit to the project site, saying, “We have finished producing all the gravity blocks, and are now doing the under-water screeding to take up the gravity blocks.”
He further said, “What we are doing now is the delicate part. The water is murky, and DMMI (the company working together with FNB / Kwik Silver on the project) is also breaking the reef underneath it. Can you imagine, the reef is being broken, and the material is being hauled close to where they are being deposited?”
According to Mr. Hermond, his company had completed about 90 percent of work, which is expected to last about 50 years.
The late President John Evans Atta Mills, in 2010, paid a working visit to the wharf, which was constructed by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah 50 years ago, and expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the place.
He, therefore, directed management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to source for funding to replace it with a concrete one.
The project, estimated at a cost of US$5.7 million and funded by the GPHA, would be dedicated to the memory of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, according to the Transport Minister.
The Minister was unhappy with the delay on the project, and therefore, warned the project manager that her ministry would not accept any excuse for any further delay.
Address the media, the Director-General of the GPHA, Mr. Richard Anamoo, said the works extends to about 130 metres long with street lights, adding that when completed, fish could be handled properly on a clean concrete platform.
He said he was reasonably satisfied with the progress of work on the project so far, given the delicate nature.
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