GHAPOHA acquires new tugboats for Tema, Ta’di

Captain Ralp van der Steen who sailed the ship to Tema, said their tugboats ranked among the best in the world and hoped that GPHA would get the best out of their investment.

Captain Ralp van der Steen who sailed the ship to Tema, said their tugboats ranked among the best in the world and hoped that GPHA would get the best out of their investment.

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), as part of preparations towards the expansion of Ghana’s ports, has taken delivery of two new tugboats worth €14.4 million.

The boats are christened ‘Commander Keith Dadzie’ and ‘John Ernest Aidoo’ after former Director-Generals of the authority.

They would assist vessels to navigate in and out of the Tema and Takoradi Ports, respectively.

The state-of-the-art boats (azimuth stern drive 2810) were built at the Damen shipbuilding yard in Romania and took three weeks to sail to Ghana.

John E. Aidoo docked at the Takoradi Port on Saturday, while Cdr. Dadzie docked at the Tema port yesterday.

This brings to four, the number of tugboats at the Tema port, which also boasts of two patrol boats and two pilot launches.

Taking delivery of the vessel, yesterday, the Director of Tema port, Mr. Jacob Adorkor, said they were getting ready to handle much larger vessels which were expected to call at the port after the expansion was completed in two years.

He described the new tugboat as “very versatile, capable of making 360 degree turns and moving sideways”. It is equipped with oil pool system for handling oil spill, two 3,730 kw horse power electronic engines, two generators and firefighting equipment among others.

The vessel, with one year warranty, is expected to last for 25 years.
Mr. Adorkor charged the engineers and maintenance crew to take good care of the vessel so that it would last its full span.

 From Godfred Blay Gibbah,Tema.

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