TACOTEL Takes Over Container Devanning Activities From GPHA

ALL is set for the newly established Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) to take over from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) as the center for devanning of export and import container activities. 

Consequently, management of GPHA has directed that effective April 7, 2017, all export and import containers sitting at the Authority’s yard be evacuated to the 97,000 square meter land being operated by TACOTEL, for devanning activities to be carried out in the yard.

The Director of the Takoradi Port, Captain Ebenezer Afedzie, who disclosed this at a well attended stakeholders’ meeting organized by GPHA last Friday, added that April 10 has also been scheduled as the date for the official takeover of all container devanning activities from GPHA by TACOTEL.

The purpose of the stakeholders’ meeting was to give players in the shipping industry the opportunity to ask questions relating to activities of TACOTEL and also to test the company’s readiness to commence business.

Present at the meeting were representatives of the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as well as members of several shipping lines and security personnel amongst many others.

Participants at the meeting asked several questions ranging from payment of operational license fees as well as weighing and scanning of containers among other related activities of TACOTEL. Satisfied with the answers provided by the management of TACOTEL, the stakeholders threw their support behind the Company and agreed that April 10 be scheduled as the official date for the commencement of business.

Continuing, Captain Afedzie reminded the stakeholders that the fact that GPHA has allocated all container devanning activities to TACOTEL did not mean other activities were going to change at the Port.

According to him, TACOTEL was going to operate like all other terminals under GPHA.  Answering questions from some of the stakeholders bordering on operational license, the Port Director said all operational license fees would be paid to GPHA after which they would be licensed to deal with TACOTEL.

What that means is that no operational license fee would to be paid directly to TACOTEL, he explained.

On container discharging, Captain Afedzie noted that all imported containers would be discharged at the GPHA Consolidating area after which it would be transferred to TACOTEL, adding all export containers would also be located at the same area.

At the end of the meeting, the participants toured the TACOTEL facility to inspect the completion of work.

Earlier, the Business Development team of GPHA from its headquarters, Tema, had also inspected the facility and expressed delight at the completion of work.

IBISTEK, which constructed TACOTEL entered into a concessional agreement with GPHA to build a container terminal in order to free up space for the dredging of the Port.

By freeing up space, containers which would arrive at the GPHA would be cart to the TACOTEL facility for devanning.

GPHA has no investment in the project but stands the chance to rake in 25% of the gross revenue of the project.

From Alfred Adams, Takoradi    Ghanaian Chronicle

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