Did you know this about Tema Port?
  • May 6, 2015
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Did you know this about Tema Port?


360 View of Tema Port from a nearby flour mill.

Did you know…?

  • Tema Port is situated in the South-Eastern Ghana, on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is 29 km from the port, and that road and rail links it to the rest of the country.
  • The port is one of two deep-water ports in Ghana, and the largest seaport.
  • The Port and City of Tema was established in 1962 on the site of what was once a small fishing village called Torman.
  • The construction of Tema was a reaction to increase international trade in Ghana in the 1950s and the decision was made by the UK Government, as Ghana was still a colony and didn’t gain independence until 1957.
  • Because Tema was a planned city it benefited from an efficient network of roads, social amenities and recreational centres.
  • The sudden influx of people pushed some residents away to form a new village called Newtown, about 2.5 km from Tema.
  • Today the city of Tema has a population of around 160,000.
  • The port handles about 80 per cent of Ghana’s international cargo and the harbour covers 166 hectares of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • It has 12 deep-water berths, two quays, a state of the art container terminal, facilities for roll-on/roll-off vessels, a birth for tankers, warehouses, cold storage and more.
  • Tema also features a 100,000-dwt dry dock and slipway facility.
  • The closed storage areas totalling 25,000 square meters are made up of six sheds with capacity to store a total of 50 thousand tons of cargo.