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THE RACE FOR A GATEWAY PORT STATUS IN THE WEST AFRICAN SUB REGION

hub ports west africa

    Africa, and for that matter the West African sub region has seen lots of trade  activities within the past couple of years with a fairly sustained high GDP growth rates and even more impressive projections into the future. The increase in trading activities and the future projections of the possibility of the region becoming one of the most vibrant ...

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WHAT ABOUT A NATIONAL SHIPPING LINE FOR GHANA ?

national shipping line, black star line

   Successive governments have for the past couple of years made frantic efforts to revamp the national air line carrier Ghana airways after its collapse. Governments indeed have tried many times to the point of even re branding and  changing the carriers’ name to Ghana International Airline but still couldn’t save it from extinction .   In fact, very recently, the government ...

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM A FRIEND OF AFRICA

africa leaders coruption

      Michael is a very good Swedish friend of mine who is a port administrator at a busy dry bulk port in Sweden. He is as well a friend of Africa and has visited more than four different African countries and still counting. Together we have exchanged lots of correspondence while sharing great knowledge and ideas between each ...

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Bigger ships pose a new threat to the already congested ports in West Africa

panamax vessels,west african ports congestion

By Gavin van Marle   The already heavily congested container ports of West Africa are facing a significant challenge from the deployment of much larger boxships on services out of Asia. Delegates at the TOC West Africa briefing in Tenerife this week heard that it was not uncommon for containerships to spend several days at anchor awaiting berths, and a ...

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF THE PANAMA CANAL’S EXPANSION ON WEST AFRICAN PORTS

panama canal expansion

 One very important and strategic trade route in the shipping industry is the Panama canal which provides the shortest possible sea link between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. It also conveniently and economically provides the shortest sea route  from the east coast of America to the west coast.    The size of the canal which was 110 feets wide ...

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A LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TEMA PORT EXPANSION

expansion project at the Tema port

    Recent news about the expansion plans of the Tema port has come at no better time than now due to the current shifts in shipping trends across the globe towards developing and emerging economies of which West Africa and for that matter Ghana is no exception.    The expansion works at the Tema port when completed is supposed to ...

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THE PRICE FOR TECHNOLOGY; A RETIRED SAILOR’S VIEW

better container handling equipments

  Technology has been one of the great wonders in this 21st century. It has improved all aspects of our everyday lives with improvements in healthcare delivery, ease of communication increase in productivity and generally improving the standard of living globally.     Technology has come to stay and almost every major sector of our society and industry has had its ...

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IS THE TEMA PORT BEING SEEN AS A CASH COW?

expensive clearing at tema port

  Sea ports all over the world have been used as strategic tools for national developments in various countries , hence countries with sea or river ports may be the envy of landlocked states.    The manner in which a port is used to accelerate national development is dependent on the priorities of the state and how its policies are ...

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The Master Plan For The Tema Port Expansion

expansion of the Tema port

        Ghanaians welcomed the news of the Tema port expansion project which is a laudable idea and has the potential of effectively positioning the Tema port as a Gateway into the sub region.       A critical look at the current global shipping trends indicates a surging increase in Sino-African trade with even greater projections into the future ...

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The Axle Weight Load Policy,An Unfair Competitive Advantage Over Ghana?

axle weight load policy

    The axle weight load policy is one very laudable idea structured to prolong the life span of our roads and help reduce loss of lives through accidents. The ministry of transport  and all other stakeholders have therefore taken steps to enforce this policy accordingly.    It is not an understatement to say that such a policy would bring ...

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